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Toddler is accidentally run over by car, dies


A 14-month-old girl has died after a family member backed over her with the family's SUV Monday afternoon, according to Brooklyn Center police officials.

KARE 11 reports the incident happened outside a home in the 5400 block of Colfax Avenue North in Brooklyn Center just after 3 p.m.

A family member told KSTP that a man was cooking out and thought his car was too close to the grill.

Three children were outside the home at the time. As the man went to move the car, he saw two of the children off to the side and assumed the little girl was out of the way as well.

But the 14-month old was in the path of the car, and she was struck and killed as he backed the vehicle up. Authorities say they believe it was an accident, but they are still investigating, according to KSTP.

Brooklyn Center police, the Hennepin County sheriff’s office and Minnesota State Patrol are investigating the death. The driver is cooperating with police, according to FOX9.

According to a national safety group Kids and Cars, "back over" accidents like this are to blame for at least two deaths and 50 injuries each week among young children – most of them are 5 or younger. In Minnesota, 20 people were killed in back-over accidents from 1990-2012.

The organization says more than 60 percent of back-over accidents involve a larger vehicle such as a truck, van or SUV. Most of them occur when the vehicle is backing out of a driveway or parking space. And the vast majority of the time, a parent or other family member is the one behind the wheel.

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