Atwater boy, 4, dies after being crushed by a truck

August 30, 2012 12:01:35 AM PDT
Atwater police are investigating an accident that left a four-year-old boy dead. The accident happened at a home on Brownell Avenue near Bellevue Road Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say Teresa De La Cruz was watching her grandson when an alarm on her son's truck started going off. She went outside with the key fob and tried to use the remote to turn off the alarm. But she accidentally pushed the remote start button. The truck was in second gear, and lurched forward, crushing the little boy against a metal fence. He later died at the hospital.

"We see tragic events quite often," Lt. Sammy Joseph said. "Seeing a child passing away and being in that condition, affects you a little bit more, it definitely does."

Police say at this point, they do not believe anyone will face charges for the boy's death.


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