MOLALLA, Ore. (KOIN) — A 2-year-old boy died Saturday after being run over by a van in a driveway.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office says it was a devastating call.
Clackamas County deputies say a family member of the resident of the house parked in the driveway and helped 2 children inside the car get out. The person was carrying one child and thought the 2-year-old boy was following right behind.
“Within seconds a close friend of the family pulled into the driveway in another mini-van,” said Ben Frazier with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office. “Parked right next to the first mini-van on the same side that the 2 year old was standing on.”
Family members called 911 and gave medical aid to the boy, but he died before paramedics arrived.
Deputies have ruled the situation accidental.
Unfortunately, this kind of accident happens more often than you might think.
At least 50 children are backed over by vehicles every week in the United States, according to data from kidsandcars.org. Of those 50, at least 2 are fatally injured.
More than 60% of these types of accidents involved a van, truck or SUV. In more than 70% of these cases, a close relative was behind the wheel.
This accident highlights the need to keep an eye on little ones, especially around holidays. With so much travel happening, Frazier says you have to stay alert.
“Situations are going to change just enough for the potential risk of it, of something like this happening,” Frazier said. “Just the general awareness situationally around yourself especially around vehicles and with children.”