as mom backs vehicle
Dawn Jones, godmother
of 13-month-old Anthony King, holds her head Wednesday after
Anthony's death. He ran out of the house and was hit as
his mother pulled out of the driveway.
priority for woman who works hard, friends say
It was Loletha
Jones' day off work. On such days, friends said, she
would take her older son to school and have the rest
of the day to spend with her toddler, 13-month-old Anthony.
Maybe take him to McDonald's
for breakfast and maybe to the mall.
But as Jones, 31,
backed her Lincoln Navigator out of her garage on
Detroit's west side Wednesday morning, a mother's
worst nightmare materialized in a horrific blur.
Young Anthony King
had scampered out a side door into the path of Jones'
sport-utility vehicle. He died an hour later
at Grace-Sinai Hospital from massive head injuries.
"I just killed my baby!" Jones
wailed after the incident, neighbors said. "The
baby is dead. He's dead!"
Sgt. Akio Miyamoto of Detroit Police said "from
all indications it appears to be a tragic, very
tragic accident." Police are investigating.
Detroit police officers
examine the Lincoln Navigator involved in the fatal
The boy's death is
at least the third case in Michigan in recent months
in which a parent ran over and killed his or her child.
On Sept. 20, a 14-month-old
girl was struck and killed by a truck her father was
moving at his home in Mason. In July, a 23-month-old
boy died after his father backed the family van out
out of the Driveway of their Armada Township home,
striking the boy.
Glen toddler run over by dad, dies at Valley Med Center
By Chantal Lamers
San Jose Police are saying the death of a 22-month-old
Willow Glen boy appears to be accidental, as homicide detectives
gear up for a lengthy traffic collision investigation.
On April 23, Willow Glen resident David Espinola was backing
his Chevy Suburban out of his driveway at Atlantic and Delmas
avenues when he struck his son, Jacob Espinola.
San Jose police Sgt. Steve Dickson said the 35-year-old father
and a relative were on their way to rent movies at a local
video store when the accident occurred. Dickson said the boy
had been outside playing with family members when he walked
behind the SUV.
Jacob was transported to Valley Medical Center after paramedics
and San Jose fire fighters responded to a 911 call. The boy
died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
Dickson said there were no indications that David Espinola
was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "It looks
very much accidental," he said. However, homicide detectives
from the Traffic Investigations Unit usually take about three
weeks to officially conclude rulings on cases, awaiting blood
test results and family interviews.
Dickson said that once investigators finish their report,
they'll hand over to the district attorney, who will decide
whether to file criminal charges against the father.
A similar case occurred in South San Jose in January when
Thomas Leigh Hogue struck his 2-year-old grandson, Jake
Thomas Elby. The 61-year-old grandfather from Arizona was
attempting to back his Ford Explorer out of a driveway on
Montalban Drive when he struck the toddler.
Jake was transported to Santa Clara County Medical Center
where he was later pronounced dead. Following an investigation,
police ruled the death accidental, Dickson said.
Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the accident to
contact San Jose plice traffic investigator Steve Robinson
at 408.277.4654. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call
the SJPD Crime Stoppers program at 408.947.7867.
runs over, kills 1-year-old girl
STAFF REPORTS Tuesday, October 17,
Detroit girl was accidentally run over and killed by her
father as he backed out of the family's driveway Tuesday.
The child had let herself out of a side door, and the father
thought she was with her mother, who was outside, according
to broadcast reports.
A neighbor told Channel 4
that she witnessed a accident from a window from her home.
She said the child was to short for the father
to see, as he backed up.
The family's home is on the
city's southwest side.