The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a toddler who died as the result of being rolled over by a SUV in front of a relative’s home.
The incident occurred last Friday night off of Ballground Highway at about 7 p.m.
The two-year-old was on the porch of her uncle’s home when her uncle’s boss pulled into the driveway to deliver her uncle’s paycheck. The two adults met at the vehicle for a short time. In that time, the driver never turned off the vehicle nor did he park the car.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the two-year-old was struck as the employer was leaving the driveway. Neither the girl’s mother or father was at the residence at the time of the accident. It is not suspected that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident, nor is the child’s uncle suspected of being impaired.
The child was first taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and was then flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The child died of her injuries on Sunday night. A GoFundMe page set up for the family identified the child as Lilly Franklin.
Police are still investigating the incident.
Pedestrians are at increased risk for serious injury and fatality when involved in auto accidents. Statistics show that in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed nationally in traffic crashes. Another 129,000 were treated for injuries in emergency departments in the United States in 2015. When it comes to children, in 2015, one in five children who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. When involved in traffic accidents, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to die from injuries than those who are passengers in vehicles.
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