Child killed after fall from truck in Orange County
Posted February 10
Rougemont, N.C. — Orange County officials said a 4-year-old fell from the back of a Chevy Blazer and was run over Friday afternoon off N.C. Highway 57 between Sawyer and Bunny roads.
The accident happened just after 3 p.m., and the child died of her injuries.
Chief Brad Allison with the Caldwell Fire Department said the mother did not realize a back door on the SUV was open. When the child fell out, the car ran over her.
"The mother was backing up in the driveway after she picked up her son off the bus, and the child came out of the back of the car," Allison said. '"We had a 4-year old that was not breathing, it was a bad situation."
First responders were not able to save the little girl.
"I have been doing this a long time, but when you get calls like this, it's the time to get together and comfort each other," Allison said. "And like I said, just pray for the family — that is the main thing — just pray for the family."
Authorities called the incident a tragic accident and no charges will be filed.