Four-year-old on tricycle dies after wrecker driver runs over him

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A family is in mourning after a wrecker driver ran over and killed a young child. (KTRK)

It was a horrific accident in northeast Houston Wednesday night, as investigators say a tow truck driver ran over a little boy on his tricycle. Nestor Delano Junior, 4, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The accident happened just a few feet from the child's home on Kerry Glen Lane.

By Thursday morning, neighbors and family had left balloons, candles, teddy bears and flowers at the spot where Delao died. He was one of five siblings, the only boy.

"I would do anything to bring him back so I could have him one last time and say, don't go outside Junior," said Lily Delao, his sister.

Neighbors say Nestor and another little boy were racing their bikes. Nestor was on his Big Wheel, coming down from a driveway at the end of the cul-du-sac. Investigators say a tow truck driver had just dropped off a car at a nearby house. He was rounding the corer, didn't see Delano and ran him over.

The 4-year-old died before being taken to the hospital.

The other boy, 5, was not hurt. His mother spoke to ABC 13.

"I'm happy it wasn't him. But I'm sad for that family," she said.

"All these children are like our children. It's just, we need to teach them that the streets are not a playground," said Cynthia Carter, a neighbor.

Families on this street are here for one another, but it's clear the mood has changed. There are no kids laughing in the street or riding bikes.

"It's solemn, it's quiet. It's not the same," said Rose Jenks.

"I can't get him back, that's it, there's no turning back," Lily said through tears.

The tow-truck driver will not be charged with anything. Police say this is simply a horrific accident.

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