OTIS — A 15-month-old toddler was hit and killed by a driver backing up a truck to park in the driveway of the family home of the toddler Sunday night around 9:45 p.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
“The family was already outside, and the mother looked away, and the child walked across the yard and into the driveway,” said Sgt. Karl Vertner with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “He was struck in the head by a tire.”
Paramedics and other emergency service workers arrived on site and started emergency medical treatment on the boy. He was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before midnight. A press release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office states the boy’s family is cooperating with authorities, and no criminal charges are being filed at this time.
When asked what others can do to prevent such an accident from happening to them and their families, Vertner didn’t have a clear answer.
“That’s a tough call,” he said. “We all know children can be slippery. This was really a tragic event.”
The victim’s family are the beneficiaries of a GoFundMe campaign set up in the child’s honor. The proceeds from that campaign are meant to go toward paying the boy’s last medical expenses and funeral expenses. According to a Tuesday update from the campaign organizer, the campaign met and exceeded the $10,000 goal in less than 10 hours. As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign had garnered $11,572.
“Thank you for the outpouring of love, prayers and donations,” said Barb Carnahan, the campaign’s organizer. “This account will remain open and able to accept donations on their behalf, so please continue to share.”
To donate to the family and receive information about further efforts to help them, go to gofundme.com/in-remembrance-of-emmett.