OCOEE, Fla. - A 2-year-old child has died after his father accidentally ran over him in an Orlando driveway, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The incident was reported at 4845 Old Oak Tree Court off of Clarcona-Ocoee Road around 12:40 p.m. on Thursday.
Troopers said the father, 52-year-old Jose Manual Cruz, whose utility truck was backed into the driveway, pulled forward to leave the house. Without knowing his 2-year-old son, Prince, had run behind the truck, Cruz backed up because he "forgot something."
Cruz saw what had happened when he saw Prince lying in front of his truck after reversing all the way back.
Prince was under the care of an unrelated 16-year-old babysitter. Troopers said Prince had somehow gotten outside and traveled into the driveway without Cruz's knowledge.
Florida Highway Patrol said they are continuing to investigate this incident and calls it a "tragic accident" at this point.
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