Reporting Brian New
WESTMINSTER (CBSDFW.COM) – A 16-month-old Collin County girl was killed in her driveway Sunday when investigators say her four-year-old brother somehow started the family’s truck and put it in neutral gear.
The truck rolled twenty feet into a neighbor’s fence and over the toddler.
“It was just an accident – just an accident,” said the family’s pastor, Tom Ogdon of Victory Christian Church in McKinney.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Office agrees. At this point investigators said there’s no reason to believe it’s anything more than an accident.
Family members from the small Collin County town of Westminster said the four-year-old boy was eager to go with his father to his great-grandmother’s house when he grabbed the keys and jumped in the truck.
Family members also said the father was walking out the door when he could see his truck rolling, but he couldn’t get there in time.
The girl died at the scene.
“The dad still can’t understand how it can happen so quickly,” said Juan Verde, the victim’s uncle. “He had both of them with him and when he turned around they were gone in 15 second, 30 second. It’s tragic – can’t believe it.”
Pastor Ogdon said, “You can’t explain it, can’t understand it. Not a whole lot of comfort other than God giveth.”
Neighbor Jim West heard the crash and then saw the girl’s body wrapped in blankets.
“It could happen to anyone,” he said. “I have a grand baby the same age as that baby and the thought of that just you breaks your heart.”
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