Boy Accidentally Run Over by Family Member

Boy Accidentally Run Over by Family Member

by: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY- A call came in around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning of a 12-year-old boy being run over by a pick-up truck on Gettysburg Street, south of Odessa.

When State Troopers and Ector County Sheriff Deputies got on scene, they immediately blocked off the area.

Early investigation shows that the accident wasn't intentional.

"12-year-old male was coming out of the residence and slipped and fell and was run over," said Elena Viramontes, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Troopers tell NewsWest 9 the boy was running to greet the driver of the pick-up, which was a family member, when he slipped and fell in the path of the truck. The boy was rushed to Medical Center Hospital in critical condition, but died a short time later.

State Troopers say this is a reminder to always look out for children when you're behind the wheel.

"It's an accident. We can't help what that young man did. Most of us have run up to cars and said 'hi' to our family and loved ones," said Viramontes.

Neighbors who live on Gettysburg Street say kids are playing outside all the time. Those residents don't think the road is dangerous but are still heartbroken over Monday's tragedy.

"It's sad because usually it's really quiet around here. There a lot of kids on that side but this side I don't see kids that much playing on the street or anything," said one neighbor.

The neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, has lived on Gettysburg Street for 10 years. She says kids ride bikes and four-wheelers around often so her advice to all drivers is just to slow down.

"Keep an eye on the kids if they are playing close to the street and be careful, don't drive fast," the neighbor said

Because the accident appears to be accidental right now, the family member who was driving the truck was hasn't been charged.