5-year-old boy dies after being struck by pickup truck
June 21, 2013 5:12 PM
Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -
A five-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a pickup truck late Friday morning in Mt. Juliet.
The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on private property located in the 500 block of Main Street East Division Street.
Officials told Nashville's News 2 a 73-year-old man was backing up in a Ford F250 truck and did not see the child.
"There is no relation between the child and the 73-year-old male," Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Tyler Chandler said.
The driver of the truck told officers he was helping set up a benefit for a Mt. Juliet woman who is battling cancer. He added that he had made several trips to the property and that when he was backing up he heard the awful sound of hitting something.
"Speaking to the investigators looking into this crash, they said there was nothing negligent about it. He simply did not see the child," said Chandler.
The boy was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The incident remains under investigation.
"We are reconstructing the incident. We have a crash team on the scene. They are looking over everything, looking over all the details and talking to all the witnesses that saw this tragic incident take place," Chandler said.
The child's identity was not immediately released.