DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) — A children’s birthday party turned deadly after a 4-year old boy was run over Saturday in Dania Beach.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the child was riding a scooter when a neighbor ran over the child just before 2:00 p.m. It all happened at 4712 S.W. 33 Avenue, right in front of the little boy’s home.
Neighbors said the 4-year-old was following his big brother home. That’s when a green truck driven by a neighbor backed out of his drive-way and hit the child.
A neighbor’s child who saw the incident spoke to CBS4 with his mother at his side. She asked us to only identify him by his first name, Nicholas.
“The guy went to back out,” said Nicholas. “The (driver) hit him, and ran him over twice.”
Nicholas said he say the 4-year-old bleeding and spitting up blood.
A spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Gina Carter, said drivers can never be too careful.
“Obviously, when you’re pulling out of your drive way, that’s one of the most dangerous spots. Whether it’s your drive way or one that leads immediately into a street, you really need to watch out. Make sure that you’ve looked and that there are no children,” said Carter.
The driver immediately stopped when he realized what happened. He is cooperating with investigators.
(“The boy’s) brother started yelling, ‘No! Xavier,’ and his mom started crying,” said Nicholas.
The child was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died from head wounds.
Parents in the neighborhood pleaded for drivers to always think about children.
“You never know if there’s a rolling ball, there’s a kid right behind it,” said Bernise Davis, a mother who lives in the neighborhood.
Deputies said it’s too soon to say whether the driver will be charged.