'Unbelievable': 4-Year-Old Left in Car Is Crushed by It

It was a freak accident, police in Tulsa, Okla., say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2015 12:19 AM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2015 3:00 AM CDT
4-Year-Old Left in Car Gets Crushed by It
The company name hangs over the grille of a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban at a General Motors dealership.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In an accident that was equal parts tragic and freakish, a 4-year-old boy left unattended in an SUV ended up being crushed to death by it. Police in Tulsa, Okla., say the bizarre accident happened when the mother left the boy and his two siblings in her Chevrolet Suburban while she ran inside her home to get some money, the Tulsa World reports. She left the vehicle running, and the boy put it in neutral and jumped out after it rolled back down the driveway into the street and came to a stop, police say. He then ran in front of the vehicle and was fatally crushed when it rolled forward again, pinning him against another car.

"When she turned into the driveway, she did not turn the wheel. So when you put a vehicle in neutral, it's going to follow the same track out of the driveway that it did in," a police rep tells KJRH. "It's unbelievable. We're just dumbfounded." The child was given CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and neighbors tell News on 6 that they're devastated by the death of the friendly little boy. Police say the site was processed by a crime scene unit, but they're not planning to press charges over the death. (This 3-year-old boy helped police find his mom's car after it was stolen with him inside.)

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