LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police are calling the moment a toddler was hit in the driveway of her Louisville home a “tragic accident.”
The 18-month-old child was hit outside her home in the 6100 block of Ashby Lane around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Ashby Lane is just north of the intersection of Dixie Highway and the Gene Snyder Freeway.
She later died at Norton Children’s Hospital.
LMPD’s Homicide Unit launched a death investigation into the circumstances surrounding the toddler’s death.
The initial investigation revealed the child’s mother left her 18-month-old daughter and three-year-old sibling in their home when she said she went out to the driveway to move a car.
As the mother was backing up, she told police she heard a scream and immediately jumped out of the car. That’s when she found her daughter had left the house and wandered into the driveway -- into the path of the vehicle.
CPR was started at the scene, MetroSafe confirmed.
Emergency crews closed streets to rush the child to Norton Children’s Hospital.
Sometime after the child’s arrival at the hospital, she was pronounced dead.
The little girl has not been identified. Her three-year-old sibling remained in the house during the accident.