STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon after being struck by a pickup truck while playing on a scooter.
Stockton police say the accident occurred just before 2:30 p.m. in front of the boy’s home in the 2900 block of Hempstead Way, near Trousdale Place.
The little boy died right in front of his home. Stockton police say the toddler was riding a scooter when he darted out into the oncoming pickup truck. The driver stopped when he realized he hit something, but had no idea it was a little boy.
“Why would a 2-year-old be in the street?” neighbor Sharon Grace asked.
It’s a question police also asked. They say the toddler’s mother or father was outside and saw their son suddenly veer into the truck’s path.
Neighbors also questioned the speed of the driver.
“They do have a lot of fast drivers going through here,” said Grace.
So far, it appears the driver did nothing wrong, police say.
“He was going a very slow rate of speed,” said Stockton police Lt. Jay Smith.
Some neighbors think this accident is a sign of a bigger problem — the need for speed bumps and a stop sign on the street corner.
Police are calling this an unfortunate accident.
“It’s really hard to prevent unless you keep a really good eye on your kids and teach them to stay out of the street,” said Smith.
In light of this tragedy, parents in the neighborhood say they’ll keep a closer watch on their kids.
“That could have happened to anybody’s kid right there,” neighbor Patrick Gonzalez said.
Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be a factor.
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