Boy, 8, dies after being run over by grandfather in Edgewater

Police say Roland Robidoux was pulling drag-style race car into garage

EDGEWATER, Fla. –  A 73-year-old man ran over and killed his grandson while pulling a drag-style race car into a garage on Wednesday, according to the Edgewater Police Department.

Authorities said the incident happened on the 300 block of West Marion Avenue at about 5:45 p.m.

When first responders arrived, they found 8-year-old Connor Allen dead at the scene, according to a news release.

Edgewater Police said Roland Robidoux, the child's grandfather, was pulling a drag-style race car into the garage when he struck Connor.

Neighbor Shawn Wilson, who lives upstairs in the industrial complex, said he heard a loud noise outside and came out to help.

"All of a sudden, we hear a huge screeching noise," Wilson said.

Wilson said the child's grandfather was frantically searching for the boy. 

A boy is run over and killed in Edgewater.

"He was just kind of throwing his hands up, yelling for his grandson and as soon as I pointed him out, he just kind of started to break down for a second," Wilson said.

Neighbors said the child's grandparents live upstairs in the building and that they had their grandson over to visit.

"It hurts. I feel so sorry for their family," Wilson said. "They are going to have to go through such a horrible ordeal."

Edgewater Police came back to the scene on Thursday to check on the well-being of the grandfather.

The incident is under investigation. Connor's family has organized a GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses. You can donate here.

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