A Florida toddler was hit and killed by his mother’s SUV on Tuesday, four years after his sister was killed in a similar accident.
PEOPLE reports the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that a toddler was hit in Plant City around 5 p.m. The two-year-old boy’s mother and grandmother explained to officers that they were test driving their Chevrolet Blazer on a private road since it was experiencing transmission issues. After driving forward then reversing the vehicle, the mother thought she hit a piece of wood but then realized it was her son once she spotted the family dog on the front yard.
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The woman said she left her son alone in the house during the test driver as told by Hillsborough County spokeswoman Crystal Clark.
“Two-year-olds, some of them do have the ability to open a door on their own. They did say that they left the toddler and a dog inside the house at the time, so when they saw the dog was outside in the yard, it’s a clear indicator that, ‘Oh no, our child is likely in the yard as well.’”
The two women found the boy in front of the vehicle shortly after and he was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died. His sister died in a similar manner four years ago when she fell out of a moving vehicle being driven by a relative. Officers are currently investigating the incident but no charges have been filed against the family.