Child killed by van in Racine driveway

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 --- 5:06 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home.

Police say the child had just arrived for a party in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon and was facing the street when a 16-year-old boy backed a van over the girl.

Authorities say a rear wheel ran over the girl. The teen heard people yelling and shouting, but didn't know he had hit someone. So, he pulled the van forward, running over the girl a second time.

The child was conscious when first responders arrived, but later died from her injuries at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital.

Investigators say the steep pitch of the driveway likely contributed to the accident because the teen couldn't see the girl.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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