A toddler who was struck by a pickup in Kent on Friday night has died from his injuries, police and hospital officials said.
The 2-year-old was running across an apartment complex toward his father when the 56-year-old driver was heading out on his way to work, police said, describing it as a “tragic accident.”
The driver wasn’t speeding, a breath test showed zero alcohol in his system, nor was he distracted by cellphones or other electronic devices, Kent Police Officer Kevin Bateman said in an e-mailed update to The Seattle Times on Saturday night.
“The only distraction turned out to be the boy’s father. He was to the driver’s left and appears to have seen too late that his child was running towards the road from the driver’s right. So the father came running towards the driver yelling and waving his arms. This drew the driver’s attention to the left as the child ran into the road from the right,” Bateman said. Several people, including other children, witnessed the collision in the 27300 block of 129th Place Southeast.