Toddler Struck, Killed by Car in Encinitas

The driver was slowly rolling down a driveway, traveling 5 or 6 mph, when his car struck the toddler, officials said

By Sherene Tagharobi, R. Stickney and Joe Young
|  Saturday, Nov 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:22 PM PDT
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Toddler Pinned Under Car in Encinitas

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Toddler Pinned Under Car in Encinitas

The toddler was walking along the sidewalk on Encinitas Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Friday when he darted out in front of a driver, officials said. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.
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Authorities have released the identity of a 3-year-old boy who was killed Friday when he darted in front of a moving car and was pinned underneath, according to officials.

Officials with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office say Juan Ruiz was walking with his mother as she pushed a stroller along the sidewalk on Encinitas Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Friday.

A man was leaving nearby apartments at the same time, reportedly on his way to work.

The driver was slowly rolling down a driveway, traveling 5 or 6 mph, when his car struck Ruiz, pinning the toddler underneath, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Passersby lifted the vehicle until emergency personnel arrived.

Ruiz was critically injured at the scene and died in the ambulance, officials said.

“He came down the driveway, looked to the left and didn’t see any cars coming and proceeded to get into the roadway and didn’t see the toddler at all,” said Deputy David Loe.

The driver, who was visibly distraught as officials processed evidence at the scene, was not detained or charged.
 

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