By Associated Press - Monday, March 22, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy has died after being hit by a vehicle driven by his father in Albuquerque, authorities said.

Albuquerque police spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos said the boy’s family was preparing to leave their home Sunday around noon when the child was struck by the car, the Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday.

Gallegos said the “tragic accident” happened when the boy’s mother was loading her other children and items into an SUV when the toddler at her side walked toward a truck the father was driving.

“When she went to him she saw the child get struck by the truck which was slowly pulling forward,” Gallegos said, adding that the child was knocked to the ground and run over.

The boy suffered severe injuries and died at the scene, authorities said. No arrests were made and no citations were given. An investigation is ongoing.

No further information was made available.

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