A two-year-old boy was killed during a tragic pedestrian accident involving a small dump truck in Volusia County. The pedestrian accident occurred on Osteen-Maytown Road, east of Osteen, in Volusia County, said the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to the FHP, the boy, Antonio Nelson was standing in the front yard holding his grandmother’s hand. He suddenly broke away from her and darted into the roadway, said FHP Sergeant Kim Montes. He was struck by a Ford F-550 truck, which was loaded with trash. The driver of the truck, 27-year-old Timothy Simmons, tried to avoid the boy, but the rear of the truck ran over Nelson, said Montes. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Nelson was the grandson of Seminole County Sheriff’s Major Clifford Manley, said authorities.
Danger can come from any direction, so Florida drivers and parents must be aware of the risk of pedestrian –automobile accidents involving young children. Many of these preventable injuries and deaths occur in residential driveways or streets when drivers are not aware of children nearby. Parents, caregivers, drivers, and children can all do their part to ensure that children do not share the same space as vehicles. Here are a few safety tips:
• Designate safe play areas for children away from parked or moving vehicles.
• Block of the driveway and yard so vehicles/ children cannot enter/exit.
• Firmly hold the hand of children when walking near moving vehicles.
• Walk completely around your parked vehicle before getting in and starting the engine; check for children or anything that would attract a child’s attention like pets or toys.
For more information on this topic, see Troopers identify child who was hit, killed by dump truck.