A Gold Beach toddler died Sunday afternoon after his father accidentally struck him as the man was backing his vehicle to move it into the shade.
According to Sheriff John Bishop, a 911 call was received at 5:42 p.m. from a woman near Arizona Sands State Park off Highway 101 11 miles south of Port Orford. She stated that a 2-year-old boy had been struck by a vehicle at a nearby residence, was bleeding and CPR was in progress.
The boy, whose name is being withheld to protect the family’s privacy, apparently chased after his dad believing he was departing. The father will not be charged in the accident, Bishop said.
The father, whose 26th birthday was Tuesday (July 30), said he had checked around the vehicle before moving it, but in backing, felt a bump, stopped and found his son under the car.
The boy was transported to Curry General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A memorial fund has been established at Sterling Bank.
Every year thousands of children — 50 each week — are the victims of being struck by backing vehicles, according to KidsAndCars.org, a non profit child safety organization. Of those 50, two, on average, die.