Toddler hit by truck on walking trail dies

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 4:16 PM

Buckley Police say a 1-year-old boy died on Monday, after he was hit by a car while being pulled in a wagon on a walking path off State Route 410.

The boy and his father were on the popular Foothills Trail when it happened.  The toddler's father wasn't hurt.

"They were from right here, from the city," said Buckley Police Chief Jim Arsanto.  "Any time you lose anybody it's a tragedy, let alone a child."

Police say the 78-year-old driver was headed eastbound when he suddenly veered off the road, went through a ditch and onto the Foothills Trail that runs parallel to the street.

Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but it's still unclear exactly what caused the driver to lose control.

Todd Kibbey is a former firefighter who lives across the street.  He heard the crash and rushed to help.

"He's a fighter, he gave it all he had," Kibbey said of the little boy.

Kibbey and another passerby, who works as a respiratory therapist had a nearby hospital, took turns doing chest compressions and performing CPR.

"We got him back twice, he went purple and there was no response, but we continued with chest compressions and kept breathing for him, and he  started breathing," said Kibbey.

The boy died a short time later at a local hospital.  His name has not been released.  Officials say his family lives in Buckley.

The 78-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Police say he was alert and talking after the crash.

SR 410 was closed between Mason and Main streets for the investigation.

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