Police Hunt Suspect in Stabbing that Led to Girl's Car Death

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 5:03 PM EDT
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Police Hunt Suspect in Stabbing that Led to Girl's Car Death

Kenneth Risher, 51, suspected of stabbing Sean Lewis.

Police are looking for the man they say stabbed a loan shark in Brooklyn on Saturday who then tried to flee in an SUV but ended up running down a 13-year-old girl.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Kenneth Risher, 51, is suspected of stabbing Sean Lewis, who may have been trying to collect from Risher.

"It was a dispute over money," Kelly said.

Lewis, who later died from his stab wounds, tried to drive a few blocks but the SUV quickly got out of his control. It flew down a Brooklyn street, where 13-year-old Kira Goddard ushered several other children out of the way before she was struck.

The children had been at the entrance of their apartment building in Brownsville when they noticed Lewis in a Range Rover, approaching erratically down Pacific Street.

Goddard managed to shepherd the others into the building. But everything happened so fast, witnesses said, that Goddard had no time to save herself.

Friends said Goddard had been looking forward to starting seventh grade this fall.

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