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23-Month-Old Child Critical but Stable after Struck by Car in Driveway of Home

For Immediate Release: 10/29/2017 2:18 pm

Worcester, MA (October 29, 2017) - On Saturday, October 28, 2017, at approximately 6:36 PM, Worcester Police responded to a Kosta Street address for a report of a child that was struck by a motor vehicle. Upon the officers arrival they met with the mother of the 23-month-old child. The child was unconscious but breathing. Worcester EMS arrived and immediately intubated the child and administered first aid. It appeared that the child was suffering from a head injury. The child was stabilized at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital. The mother was transported to the hospital by a Worcester police officer.

Due to the serious nature of this accident, the WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit was called in to take over the investigation.

Investigators arrived at the scene and interviewed witnesses and processed evidence. While some investigators secured the scene others went to the hospital to check on the status of the child.

Investigators met with medical personnel and were informed that the child was being transported to ICU and is in critical but stable condition. The child has a head injury and some internal bleeding. Investigators were told that so far medical reports are optimistic and that the head injury may not be as serious as originally thought.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the mother was in the process of moving out of the Kosta Street address and was packing up her vehicle. The mother told investigators that both of her children (4-year-old and the 23-month-old) were inside the apartment playing when she went outside to move her vehicle. The mother went to move her vehicle forward so she wouldn’t block the other vehicles in the driveway. When she moved forward she felt a bump and immediately stopped. She exited the vehicle and observed her daughter on the ground. The mother called police and tended to her child.

As part of the investigation, investigators towed the 2011 Toyota Highlander to police headquarters for a thorough mechanical inspection. The vehicle remains impounded at this time. In addition, as a standard procedure when investigating an incident that involves a young child, the District Attorney’s office was notified as well as the Department of Children and Families. The responding officer also filed a 51A form with DCF.

This investigation remains active. Any updates on the condition of the child will be posted when reports become available.

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