Toddler fatally struck by car

April 17, 2009 4:07:25 AM PDT
A horrible tragedy unfolded in east Houston's yesterday afternoon, as a father ran over and killed his own son in their driveway. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

It happened on Avenue K near West Hedrick. Neighbor Sara Salazar held the 2-year-old victim moments after the accident and prayed for him.

"It was just horrible because the parents were screaming and crying and all I could was hold him in my hands and pray for him. That's all I could do was pray," said Salazar.

The incident happened just after 2pm. Houston police say the little's boy's mother was inside their house on Avenue K cooking. His father, in his white pickup, was about to leave the driveway to dump a load of trash at the city dumpster, when he realized he had left something behind.

"He put his car in reverse and ran over his little boy," said Officer Javier Calvillo of the Houston Police Department.

At the sound of screeching tires, Salazar ran outside to see what had happened

"The baby was lying on the floor by the tire. He had scratches and was bleeding from his ear and his mouth," said Salazar.

She said his parents were inconsolable. They called 911 and the boy was taken to the hospital where he died.

"Watch your kids. I'm a father too, so it's a hard thing," said Officer Calvillo.

As police took pictures, neighbors described the parents to us as good people. They say they have two other children and usually watch them all carefully. Salazar can't imagine what they must be going through.

"I was always telling my husband when he gets bigger he's going to be so cute," said Salazar.

She can only hold tight to her children.

The case will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges. In fact, an Assistant DA was at the scene, but right now Houston police believe this was just a tragic accident.

Houston police tell us prosecutors could explore misdemeanor charges against the parents for not watching the little boy. His name has not been released.

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