Toddler Struck by Car Dies

Police say no one realized the child has wandered into the driveway

A 16-month-old boy died after being run over by a car Wednesday afternoon in Normal Heights, according to San Diego police.

The toddler was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A family friend told NBC 7 the boy's name is Manuel, known around the neighborhood as Manny.

The accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 4400-block of Wilson Avenue.

According to police, the child was being watched by a caretaker. That woman's 22-year-old daughter came by the house and apparently backed over the toddler with her car as she was leaving.

Police say no one realized the boy had slipped away, until his 10-year-old aunt discovered him in the driveway.

Police are calling this an unfortunate accident. They say the driver had no idea she hit anything and is cooperating with police.

Family members were too distraught to talk on camera, but were seen crying and consoling each other at the house. Nearby residents described the home as kind of a neighborhood daycare.

At this point, it appears the driver won't face charges.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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