According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, just after 10 a.m., a father started the family vehicle in order to run the air conditioning and cool off the vehicle as he put his children in their car seats.
Initially, deputies said that it appeared that when the father ran back into the garage to grab something, the 3-year-old apparently got out of the car and the 4-year-old climbed from the back seat to the front seat, knocking the vehicle into gear. Now deputies say that may not be the case. Instead, the girl's father may have been in the driver's seat.
The vehicle ran over 3-year-old Dia Nebhnani. Deputies and EMS crews were unable to save the preschooler, who died at the scene.
In a turn of events we have now learned from @chad_norvell FBCSO that 3 yo Dia Nabhnani was accidentally run over by her father in their driveway. FBCSO is reminding everyone to be extra careful when your children are playing around your vehicle. A family is suffering today. pic.twitter.com/0Xu39F0pir— Brhe Berry ABC13 (@BrheABC13) May 21, 2019
Authorities are reviewing surveillance video to determine the sequence of events, but stress that they don't believe the father was lying. They say he was understandably distraught, and there was a language barrier.
#Update from @chad_norvell FBCSO do not believe father was intentionally lying. Say understandably he was distraught and there was a language barrier. The father NOT THE 4 YO accidentally backed over 3yo Dia Nebhnani. Neither child was in the car. The 4yo did witness the incident— Brhe Berry ABC13 (@BrheABC13) May 21, 2019
They are also conducting a blood test.
The accident remains under investigation.
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