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A one-year-old boy died on Saturday after being struck by a car driver’s vehicle dropping him and his father off at their Long Beach home, officials said.
The boy and his father had just gotten out of the car and were outside their home in Lei Drive and Polynesian Drive at around 8 p.m. when the boy ran past the car, Long Beach Police Department noted a preliminary investigation revealed.
“As the father and the minor exited the vehicle, the father was momentarily distracted and the minor ran past the vehicle,” Long Beach police said. “The driver then pulled away from the curb, not having seen the minor in front of the vehicle, and then hit him with a front tire.”
Officers arrived at the scene to find paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department treating the young boy.
He was then rushed to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. The police did not name the child.
According to an online fundraiser, authenticated by GoFundMe, the boy’s name was Mason.
The driver remained at the scene for the investigation and was not arrested, police said. Officials did not provide information on the car service the driver worked for.
The incident is still under investigation and no further details are available.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Detective Brian Ekrem at 562-570-7132. Anonymous advice can be provided by Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.
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