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Struthers toddler struck and killed by driver

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STRUTHERS, Ohio - Another reminder for drivers every where to use caution if children are in the area, and for those watching kids in their care.

Adam Dorman who would have turned three years old August 16, passed away after he was struck by the driver of a black SUV in Struthers at 20 Euclid Avenue.

Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy tells 21 News, Struthers Fire and first responders were dispatched first to a call reporting a boy who was unconscious. A second call was made to 911 saying the boy had been hit by a vehicle in the driveway.

Chief Roddy says the incident appears to be an accident at this time. The male driver, who is 35 years old,was backing his black SUV out of the driveway.


Roddy tells 21 News a picnic was taking place at the Euclid Avenue home.  The driver of the SUV parked out front so he could  easily leave the picnic to pick up more food.

Roddy says it appears the people who were babysitting the toddler at the home were in the back yard and no one noticed that the little boy had wandered to the front of the house.

It appears Dorman fell into the driveway behind the car as it was backing out.

Chief Roddy reminds drivers to be aware of blind spots that don't show up in their vehicle's rear view mirrors. He advises drivers to walk around the vehicle prior to backing out or driving to check no obstructions are in your way.

He says owners can also look under their vehicles for children, pets, and toys.

Firefighter first responders add that anyone watching children should keep a sharp eye on toddlers and kids since even a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

At this time it does not appear charges will be filed against the 35-year-old driver who is cooperating with police.

The Struthers Fire Chief Gary Mudryk tells 21 News all the first responders and police officers who handled those calls are being offered help in dealing with the stress of handling these emergency calls.

 

 

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