RAMONA, Calif. - A 5-year-old girl who was accidentally run over and killed in Ramona by a minivan driven by her 42-year-old mother ran behind the vehicle in an attempt to open a gate, authorities said Friday.
The girl was fatally struck by her mother's 2000 Chevrolet Astro van on a private driveway at 3306 Carnation Road about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The girl's father, William Noble, identified his daughter as Bella, a kindergartner.
"The mother lost sight of her daughter and felt a bump at the rear of her vehicle and realized she may have struck her child," said a CHP statement released this morning. "Not realizing she had run over her daughter, she pulled forward and struck her child a second time."
Paramedics flew Bella to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she died a short time later.
The accident happened while the family was visiting the home of friends, Noble said.