Reports say that a toddler was killed Thursday after being struck by a vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
According to Arizona Central, a three-year-old boy and his babysitter were struck by a car Thursday while trying to cross a private road. The babysitter was pushing the boy in a stroller when the accident occurred.
Workers from a nearby medical facility attempted to save the toddler, but his injuries were “too catastrophic,” says police Sgt. Trent Crump. The babysitter sustained minor injuries and has been described as emotionally “numb.”
Police say that a 22-year-old male driver stopped a stop sign before striking the pair. Initial reports suggest that the driver was unable to see the woman and child. Initial tests indicated that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred. Police are still waiting on a search warrant for the vehicle.
Data collected by the Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDoT) shows that pedestrians are most likely to be injured or killed while crossing roads. In 2012:
• 1,575 pedestrians were injured or killed in auto accidents.
• 15.96% of all pedestrians in auto accidents were fatally injured.
• Of the 131 pedestrians killed in auto accidents, 4 were under the age of four.