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Child killed after fall from truck in Orange County

Posted February 10

— 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.


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  • Mary Meadows Feb 11, 2017
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    My daughters bus once picked her up at the end of our "driveway". It was approx a mile away.

  • Stacie Hagwood Feb 11, 2017
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    This is indeed a horrible accident. But I wonder why you drive to the end of the driveway to wait for the school bus?

  • Pam Snyder Feb 11, 2017
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    Poor family. Although I never moved my car without my boys being in their car seats. Even if "only in the driveway"

  • Shannon Meredith Feb 11, 2017
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    Wow, just wow! There have been many times when I have closed the trunk of my car, only to determine it didn't latch. And that's in a sedan where, fortunately, it generally pops back up and I notice it didn't latch. In an SUV or minivan, the door can stay down even it the latch doesn't catch.
    And my nephew, at 4, was very skilled at unbuckling his own car seat straps AND opening the doors in the minivan that my sister drives.
    How about giving this grieving mother the benefit of the doubt that this was indeed an accident and not just gross negligence. As one reviewer said, the police and paramedics on the scene, with access to all of the evidence, are far more qualified of assessing the situation than you.

  • Robin Duff Feb 11, 2017
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    Wow, Norman, it's nice to know that if this happens to a member of your family, you'll be there to offer sympathy, compassion, and comfort. What a guy!

  • Brian McLain Feb 11, 2017
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    My heart aches for that family.

  • Jim Dunn Feb 11, 2017
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    Please. This mother is living in her own hell right now that most, hopefully will never know.

    This is not a time for judgement but a time for love and support.

  • Kelly Birdsall Feb 11, 2017
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    Wow!!! You are one self righteous person!!!!

  • Anita Gibson Feb 11, 2017
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    Did you not read or comprehend the article? She went up the driveway to pick up her son off the bus. Yes the child was unsecured, but no law was broken as they were not on the roadway. The door came open, the child fell out as the mother was backing out. How about you come down off your high horse and have compassion for the family that is grieving and a mother that will NEVER be okay. Take your sanctimonious attitude elsewhere.

  • Norman Lewis Feb 11, 2017
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    A four year old child was in the vehicle and the "mother" did not take time to ensure the vehicle and the child were secured? The child could not have on its own gotten in the car so this was gross, criminal negligence, not just an "I forgot". So, we have a new, little, unnecessarily early, angel. Sweet dreams, "Mom". No charges? really? Gross stupidity resulting in the death of a child and "no charges"? Hope I never get shot or stabbed in Orange County or I might hear "accidental" or something similar.