Authorities said a 1-year-old boy was struck by a truck after falling out of an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida.
The infant, who was not in a car seat at the time, was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to ABC affiliate WFTV.
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were called to the scene at Arlington and Lillian roads.
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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) said the mother was driving a Chevy Tahoe and was turning right when the left rear door opened and the 1-year-old fell out.
The baby boy was among four other children in the SUV without car seats.
“She (the driver) had four kids with her,” JSO Sgt. Donald Washington told CBS47. “Her 4-year-old daughter was in the front seat. She had her two nephews and her son in the back seat.”
A driver of a Chevy Silverado truck traveling behind the mother then ran over the 1-year-old. The truck driver stopped at the time and was cooperating with authorities.
Deputies said the mother claims her boy was wearing a seatbelt, according to WFTV.
“At this time, we don’t know how he got out,” Washington told CBS47. “But it’s been said that he’s been known to open the back door.”
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JSO said that the boy was suffering from head and internal injuries, CBS47 reported.
It’s unclear as of writing if the mother will be facing any charges over the incident.