18-month-old boy killed by SUV in 'tragic' Eagle River accident
An Eagle River toddler was fatally struck by his father Sunday afternoon in a low-speed collision, the second Anchorage boy in a week to be hit by an SUV and killed.
Police spokesman MJ Thim said the collision that killed the boy was reported just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday, on the 8900 block of West Parkview Terrace Loop. The father had been doing garage work at the home, then got into a 2008 Ford Expedition to drive it forward.
“The driver was pulling forward to move the Expedition out of the driveway, felt a bump moving forward, realized he had struck the 18-month-old child and immediately called 911,” Thim said.
The boy had been playing in the driveway under the supervision of his parents, Thim said. He died at the scene.
Thim emphasized that no charges had been filed in the incident. Police chaplains were immediately sent to the scene to support the family.
“It’s a tragic situation,” Thim said. “Investigators firmly believe this to be an accidental collision.”
On Oct. 9, 4-year-old Carlito Allen Ramos was fatally struck by a 2015 Dodge SUV backing out of a parking space on Silver Fox Lane near Huffman Road and the Old Seward Highway.
Thim said the drivers in both incidents remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.