Child dies after being run over

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

An 18-month old child died Monday after she was accidently run over in her family’s driveway.

At 3:49 p.m., Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the 9400 block of Huey Boulevard in Waxhaw in reference to a child struck by a vehicle.

Neighbors could be seen visiting the residence and working to assist the family after the child was struck and rushed to the hospital. The child was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Waxhaw for treatment but later died.

According to a statement Tuesday from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, investigators say that the father of the child was backing his Jeep out of the carport when he struck his 18-month-old daughter in the driveway.

“This is a tragic accident,” Captain Ronnie Whitaker of the Union County Sheriff’s Office said in the statement.

In the statement, Whitaker also asked for people to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers and that at the request of the family, names were not being released at that time.

Just before the child was hit, the father had planned to run an errand but forgot something inside of the house and went back inside to get it. He then returned to his vehicle, backed out and accidently hit the child, who had gone into the driveway, Whitaker said.