Neighborhood Shaken by Accident that Took the Life of Toddler

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A toddler’s slippers and his clothing remained scattered in the street while investigators worked to determine the cause of a deadly accident in Stockton.

“It’s just terrible, I’m just shocked,” Joan Franco said.

Joan Franco, who’s lived in the neighborhood for more than 25 years, can’t get over what’s happened at the end of her street.

“This is a good neighborhood, it really is,” Franco said.

But, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, something went bad when the driver of a white Chevy pickup traveling on Truesdale place turned onto Hempstead Way.

“He was in the neighborhood driving slowly around the corner and did not see the child in the street,” Franco said.

Stockton Police say the driver rolled over the two-year-old boy playing in the street with siblings while one of their parents watched on.

“He was on a scooter, a small foot propelled, non-electric nor any kind of a power scooter. More like a little car that you sit in and had gone into the street for some reason and then was hit by the truck,” said Stockton Police Lieutenant Jay Smith.

Medics transported the boy to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

“My God, we’re in shock. My husband, my son, the grand kids; they’re just in shock because it’s something you don’t think about. You don’t realize those things can happen,” Franco said.

Now the driver, family and friends are just trying to come to grips with the tragedy.

“The driver is devastated right now extremely upset,” said Lt. Smith. “My heart just goes out to the family and the poor driver, too. I can imagine whoever that person is what he might be going through. I don’t know, I’m just heartbroken.”

There’s no word yet on if charges will be filed in this case.

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