WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Florida mother ran over and fatally injured her 2-year-old son on Tuesday while test-driving their Chevrolet Blazer due to transmission problems on a private road near their home.
- The mother thought she hit a piece of wood then saw their dog outside, which she left inside the house with her son.
- She lost another child, a 2-year-old daughter, four years ago in a fall from a minivan, according to police.
In a terrible and tragic incident, a 2-year-old boy from Florida was run over and killed by his mother’s SUV on Tuesday, four years after the same mother lost her 2-year-old daughter in a similar accident.
According to the press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call just before 5 p.m. about a toddler who had been hit by a family car in Plant City.
The boy’s mother and grandmother explained to the deputies that they were test driving their Chevrolet Blazer on their private road due to transmission problems. At the time, the mother said she left the toddler and the family dog inside the house.
After driving forward then reversing to make sure the car was working okay, she thought she hit a piece of wood. But then when she saw that their dog came out and was on the front yard she realized then that her son must have gotten out too. It suddenly dawned on her that it must be her son whom she hit, said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Crystal Clark in a press conference televised by NBC affiliate WFLA.
Authorities said the boy, who was found by both mother and grandmother shortly after in front of the vehicle, was flown to Tampa General Hospital where he later died.
The boy’s 2-year-old sister died in a similar manner at the same address four years ago in March 2015, when she fell out of a moving minivan that was being driven by a relative, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office tells PEOPLE.
Although refusing to name the victim, the spokesperson’s revelation matched with the circumstances and date of the death of Izbella Bronson, riding in a car driven by her great-grandmother and was not wearing a seatbelt. She too was taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was pronounced dead due to her injuries.
Clark said Tuesday’s accident is really tragic especially when it’s a child who lost his life.
“This is something where families have to be extremely cautious whenever they have children that are out in the yard when their vehicles are running. We always ask families to make sure that before getting in your vehicle and starting that car, you check around the vehicle to make sure no children or pets are there.”
Currently, investigations are ongoing but so far, no charges have been filed against the family.