CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Tragedy strikes a Chesterfield family as a 3-year-old girl was run over by a car driven by a relative.
The accident happened Sunday just outside her home. The child is in the hospital tonight with life-threatening injuries.
We just called the hospital to get an update on 3-year-old Charity's condition. Officials say the family does not want to release that information. A family friend tells us the girl is fighting for her life tonight after the tragic accident.
"It was pretty horrible," said Michael Cromie, who lives next door to Charity's family. He arrived home to chaos and heartbreak.
"The mother was screaming and the aunt who was driving the vehicle was screaming it was, terrible," he said.
The mother's best friend who was at the house at the time tells us an aunt was leaving after a visit. She had repeatedly been told the children were not in the path of her car. After the aunt backed out of the driveway, she shifted into gear to turn down the street towards her own home. She ran over Charity.
"I feel terrible. If something happened to my kids or grandkids like that, and have to go through that experience, it's horrible."
While back-over incidents have been more widely publicized, according to one organization, what's called frontover accidents are the second most common cause of death of kids in non traffic-related crashes.
We're told the injuries in this case are serious and include a skull fracture, broken ribs and a punctured lung. For Michael Cromie, the images are too graphic to describe, the thoughts too tragic to forget.
"I've been thinking about it," he said. "I lost sleep last night."
The organization kids and cars tracks statistics on these kinds of accidents. It says in more than 70 percent of them, a relative is the one behind the wheel. In this case, no charges have been filed.