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Toddler dies after being run over by dad

A toddler who was taken to the hospital after the father accidentally backed over the child in southeast Charlotte on Friday has died, according to police. The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Wallace Road, near the intersection with Independence Boulevard.
A toddler who was taken to the hospital after the father accidentally backed over the child in southeast Charlotte on Friday has died, according to police. The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Wallace Road, near the intersection with Independence Boulevard. WBTV

A southeast Charlotte toddler who was taken to the hospital after the father accidentally backed over the child on Friday has died, according to police, reported WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. on Wallace Road, near the intersection with Independence Boulevard, the station reported.

Charlotte-Meckleburg police have released few details but confirmed a 2-year-old was hit and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, WBTV reported. Firefighters and Medic said CPR was performed at the scene.

Just after 4:30 p.m., police said the child had died at the hospital.

Late Friday, CMPD identified the driver of the GMC truck that struck the child as Dylan Smallwood, 30. The incident happened in the 7300 block of Wallace Lane.

Impairment and speed were not factors in the incident, police said, adding that no charges have been filed at this time. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 704-336-8862 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-987-3670, @jmarusak

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