COLLEGE STATION, Texas A four-year-old boy is dead after, investigators said, he was accidentally run over by a truck driven by his own father.
It all happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home along Ashley Lane near Dowling.
Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said the boy was playing in the yard when his father drove home in his dual-wheel pickup truck. The boy ran up to the passenger side of the truck to greet his father. Kirk said after a few words, the father drove off to park.
"Apparently the child had gotten close to the vehicle," said Kirk. "The dual-wheel fender knocked him to the ground and the rear wheels passed over the child."
Kirk said the father jumped out and found the boy lying motionless on the ground. The boy's parents rushed him to the hospital, but Kirk said he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A family friend who was at the boy's home on Wednesday called the incident a tragic accident.
Investigators said a blood sample was taken from the father as a matter of procedure, but he doesn't suspect alcohol played a role in the accident.
Kirk said he's been working in law enforcement for 33 years, and tragedies like this always hit close to home.
"Anytime that you work the death of a child, you can't help but personalize it and think about your own children and your own grandchildren," said Kirk.
The victim's name hasn't been released.
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