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Toddler killed in four-wheeler accident identified

Posted April 21, 2010

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— Holly Springs police on Tuesday released the name of a toddler struck and killed by a four-wheeler that his father was operating in their back yard Sunday.

Christian Mondragon was struck after darting in front of the four-wheeler driven by Oscar Mondragon off Bass Lake Road, said Mark Andrews, a spokesman for Holly Springs.

The 18-month-old boy's head struck the concrete when he fell, and he died after being flown to Duke University Hospital.

Andrews called the death a tragic accident. Police have not filed any charges.

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  • crustyhalo Apr 22, 2010

    Have some remorse for this family folks....Define an accident, can anyone ? An Accident is described as "an UNFORESEEN and UNPLANNED event or CIRCUMSTANCE. Do you really think this Dad planned to kill his son, even at slow speed a child if slightly bumped by a 4 wheeler,may lose there balance...so dont critize this man...PRAY FOR HIM .......

  • walkindogs Apr 21, 2010

    So sorry for the family.

  • Caring Apr 21, 2010

    Praying for the family! RIP little one!

  • bob1974 Apr 21, 2010

    "The father did not have all that much experience and gave no thought to his son who he knew was in the yard." wildcat

    How do you know how much experience the father had? How do you know the father knew his son was in the yard?

  • wildcat Apr 21, 2010

    The father did not have all that much experience and gave no thought to his son who he knew was in the yard. This will always be with him. The child should have been put in a safe area before the father got on the fout-wheeler.

  • cocker_mom Apr 21, 2010

    dlentz2 said - "there but for the grace of God, go I..."

    I've done PLENTY of stupid things in my life. Any one of them could have turned out differently. I've joked around and pushed my friends - they didn't land head first on the concrete. I've been inattentive while driving my car. Heck - I have almost fallen asleep while driving. Nothing bad happened as a result of these acts - but - like I said - they EASILY could have been tragic. Luckily - they weren't.

    And really - that's the only thing separating many of us from the poor father, in this instance.

    My prayers are with the family.

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Apr 21, 2010

    "we don't know so it is hard and pointless to blame the father. Not to mention it seems heartless especially coming from another parent."

    It is right to blame him. It was an accident, and a horrible one, but one that could have been prevented with just a little bit of common sense.

    Sure many people get away with doing stupid things and don't have such a tragic result, but it doesn't stop those things from being stupid and grossly negligent.

    This is one of those cases.

    As a 9 year old I rolled a 3 wheeler,walked away from it with a bruised thigh and sore neck. Was it stupid? Yes. Wasd I careless? Yes. Was I lucky? Yes

    My consequences weren't as terrible as this father's . But it doesn't make what he did less negligent.

  • just-wondering Apr 21, 2010

    Yes I have children and am from a family of 10 that somehow all survived all the dangerous things that were done when we were around. Not to say that my children nor my siblings and I were never injured by anything just that we survived the things that happen when families are outside doing things together and enjoying the day. This family had probably done this type of thing before and as someone else stated perhaps the child was being held by someone else that let them go for just that one moment...we don't know so it is hard and pointless to blame the father. Not to mention it seems heartless especially coming from another parent.

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Apr 21, 2010

    Just wondering

    I have children. I have driven a 4 wheeler. Have you? I practice safe and responsible actions when driving a 4 wheeler. I also employ common sense This father did neither. He operated this 4 wheeler in a manner that allowed his son to be struck in the vicinity of cement. This isn't about a kid running and bumping into a wall or tripping. This is about a father with a TODDLER in the yard that has no sense of the danger his father posed to him with that 3 wheeler. The father holds ALL the responsibiltiy for his and his son's safety in that environment, and he was negligent in that responsibility.

  • hollyspringsmom Apr 21, 2010

    My prayers go out to this family.

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