Deputies are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who died from injuries he suffered when he was struck by the family SUV Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies said they were called to a home in the Plant City area shortly before 5 p.m. for a report of a 2-year-old boy run over by a family vehicle.
According to a sheriff’s representative, the child’s mother and grandmother told deputies they were test driving the family’s Chevy Blazer that had recently experienced transmission issues. The boy’s mother was in the driver’s seat, deputies said.
While driving, the mother spotted the family dog in the yard and said she realized her son had likely opened the door of their home letting both himself and the dog outside.
While test driving the SUV on their private road, the vehicle eventually stalled. The boy’s mother placed the vehicle in reverse, then forward, before reversing again.
Shortly after, the two found the boy on the ground in front of the vehicle.
The 2-year-old was flown to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
It has not been determined if the boy’s mother will be facing any criminal charges.