By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter
WHITE PINE (WATE) - A Jefferson County child is dead after an accident while trick-or-treating Thursday night. The boy's family is now struggling to cope with the tragedy.
Funeral arrangements have been set for 3-year-old Shane Robinson for Tuesday, November 5th at Farrar Funeral home. Receiving of friends will be from 5-7 P.M. and a private graveside service will follow.
Police say Robinson died after he fell out of the family's van and was run over.
"He was the happiest child you'll ever meet in your life, always grateful for everything, he'd tell you he love you 200 times a day," the child's father Jeremy Robinson said.
He described his son while holding back tears. "He was just my baby, he was my angel."
Jeremy Robinson is trying to cope to with the loss of his son Shane, who was just a month shy of his fourth birthday.
"God graced us with an angel for almost four years and took him home," Robinson said.
On Halloween night, the Robinson family was trick-or-treating on Douglas Lane, driving their van from house to house when the accident happened.
"They had just got back in the van, the 9-year-old brother in the back stated that [Shane] screamed out candy and we feel like he dropped his candy out the side door of the van. He attempted to reach for the candy and fell out, and somehow ended up under the van," explained Det. Chad Cotter with the White Pine Police Department.
Shane and his 9-year-old brother were in the back seat; neither were restrained. Their grandfather Billy Robinson was driving and their father was in the passenger seat.
"He fell. It was an accident," explained Robinson.
With hundreds of children trick-or-treating in the Douglas Lane neighborhood, there were several witnesses.
"It happened so quickly there was no real way to understand what happened," said Jeffery Sweet, who lives in the home right next to where the accidents happened.
They could tell it was serious.
"We knew right away, with the amount of blood that was there, that it was a really bad accident," said Sweet, who said he and his daughter were shook up from the accident.
The child was flown by Lifestar to UT but died within an hour.
Right now, no charges have been filed, but Det. Cotter says there could be traffic related charges.
"The law states if you're inside a vehicle and it's moving, you need to be restrained," Cotter said.
Once their investigation is complete, the police will turn it over to the district attorney, but they feel this was simply a tragic accident.
"This is one of those things where you would never think it would happen, this goes to show you that within a matter of seconds your whole world can change, your whole life can change," said Cotter.
It's a message Robinson hopes other parents will hear.
"Accidents happen, be careful. Sometime they can be tragic and this is one of them," said Shane's father. "He was just an amazing child and we'll miss him greatly."
The family says funeral arraignments are pending.