UPDATE 1:45 p.m: The 3-year-old girl has reportedly died after succumbing to her injuries, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said.
IVINS – A 3-year-old girl was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a tragic accident occurred in the 1175 South area of Ivins.
“It appears it’s every parent’s nightmare,” Santa Clara-Ivins Police Chief Bob Flowers said. “It looks as if the child was backed over as the father was pulling out of the driveway. Just a horrible accident.”
The incident is still under investigation, but Flowers said it appears the little girl’s father was backing out of the family driveway in his truck; the child was riding a small tricycle behind the vehicle and the father did not see her. The truck hit the child, Flowers said, and it appears the little girl became trapped beneath the vehicle.
“It’s just a big family truck,” Flowers said. “It’s just a horrible, horrible accident. You’ve got a child riding her bike and her dad probably heading to work and thought his child was in the house, probably.”
The little girl was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. Flowers said he didn’t know the extent of her injuries at the time of this publication, but there was a great deal of blood at the scene and it appeared the child was in critical condition when she was transported to the hospital.
As of approximately 11 a.m., Flowers said the parents of the child were on their way to the hospital and he had not yet spoken with the little girl’s father about the incident.
“We’ve got some people watching the (family’s other) children,” Flowers said. “They’re fairly traumatized.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
This story will be updated as new information is received.
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