3-Year-Old Boy Struck and Killed by Truck

The boy was in town with family to celebrate an older brother's graduation from the Marine Recruit Depot

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    A 3-year-old boy hit by a truck in Point Loma Thursday night has died, officials said.

    The child, identified by the medical examiner as New Mexico resident Arthur James Roan, was struck at the busy intersection of Nimitz Boulevard and Rosecrans Street just before 7:30 p.m.

    The toddler was walking with his parents on the sidewalk when he broke away from them and ran into the street police said.

    At that same time, officers say the 54-year-old driver of a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling north on Rosecrans and hit the boy with his truck.

    The parents, along with witnesses, immediately tried to help.

    "I actually left my car right there and there was a lot of traffic and I tried to help but he was already bleeding a lot. He was on the ground. He was out," said witness Laura Yellowhair.

    Medics were requested for the child, who was not breathing, police said. Roan was initially transported to UCSD Medical Center and then transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital.

    San Diego police officers shut down the intersection and Harbor police assisted with traffic control in the area.

    Police said the driver of the truck had no time to stop before he hit the child. Officers and witnesses said the driver had the green light and was not at fault.

    Early Friday, officials released an update on the child's condition reporting that he died just before 2 a.m. in the pediatric intensive care unit at Rady Children's Hospital.

    The county medical examiner release lists the child's hometown as Vanderwagen, N.M., and states he was in San Diego to celebrate an older brother's graduation from the Marine Recruit Depot. The report also said the child had wandered away from his hotel room just before straying into traffic.

    Police do not believe alcohol or drugs are a factor in this case. No one was arrested or cited.

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