Toddler Struck by City Water Truck in Logan Heights

The 1-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries after being hit by the vehicle

By R. Stickney, Sarah Grieco and Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Aug 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:55 PM PDT
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Toddler Dies After Being Hit by City Truck

Aerial view of the scene showed officers talking to possible witnesses in Logan Heights.

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A toddler died after he was run over by a San Diego city utility truck in Logan Heights Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The 1-year-old boy was hit on the 3100-block of National Avenue just before 3 p.m.

Officers say the toddler was sitting on the curb with his 4-year-old brother when he suddenly ran out into the street between two parked cars. The children were being watched by their grandmother, who had run into a nearby 99-Cent store where she works at the time of the accident, police said.

The little boy was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries about a half-hour later.

The truck that hit the child was driven by a crew with the San Diego Water Department. There were four employees in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The female driver was escorted from the scene by a crisis manager.

"We want to get the facts here at the scene, interview all the witnesses," said SDPD Sgt. Pete Townsend. "Whether it's a city employee or a private citizen, that doesn't influence the investigation either way."

Officials couldn't confirm anything at the scene regarding possible charges, saying this appeared to be nothing more than a tragic accident.

Witnesses at the scene said they tried to comfort the boy's 4-year-old brother after the incident. One witness said he saw the 1-year-old boy lying in the street after he was hit.

Officials closed off that section of National Avenue for a few hours to investigate the incident.

The boy's name has not yet been released.

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