A 2-year-old Florida boy was hit and killed by an SUV pushed by his mom on Tuesday in an accident authorities have known as “horrific” and “tragic.”
Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace had been known as to a house in Plant Metropolis simply earlier than 5 p.m. to stories that the toddler had been hit by a household car, the division mentioned in a press launch.
The kid’s mom and grandmother advised deputies that they’d been test-driving their Chevrolet Blazer on their non-public street, because it had been experiencing transmission points.
After the car started to stall, the mom, who was driving, put the automobile in reverse, drove ahead, after which put it in reverse as soon as once more to make sure the automobile was working okay.
She mentioned that on the primary reverse, she felt the Blazer hit a bit of wooden, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesperson Crystal Clark mentioned in a press convention televised by NBC affiliate WFLA.
The mom realized as she was driving that the household canine — which she had left inside with the toddler — was within the yard, alerting her that her son was possible outdoors as nicely, in line with the discharge.
“Two-year-olds, a few of them do have the power to open a door on their very own,” Clark mentioned. “They did say that they left the toddler and a canine inside the home on the time, so after they noticed the canine was outdoors within the yard, it’s a transparent indicator that, ‘Oh no, our youngster is probably going within the yard as nicely.’”
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Shortly after making the conclusion, the mom and grandmother discovered the toddler on the bottom in entrance of their car.
He was flown to Tampa Normal Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless, authorities mentioned.
“It’s completely a tragic accident, particularly as a result of such a younger youngster misplaced his life,” mentioned Clark. “That is one thing the place, we simply all the time attempt to drill house to households that you must be extraordinarily cautious at any time when you might have kids which can be out within the yard when your automobiles are working. We all the time ask that you simply make certain earlier than getting in your car and beginning that automobile, you examine across the car to verify no kids or pets are there.”
An investigation is ongoing, and no fees have but been filed in opposition to the boy’s relations.