Toddler struck by vehicle driven by uncle in Vista: 14-month-old girl expected to survive

Uncle was backing out of driveway

VISTA, Calif. - A 14-month-old girl was hospitalized Friday -- but expected to survive -- after being run over by a vehicle driven by her uncle in Vista, authorities said.           

The girl was struck in her 26-year-old uncle's driveway in the 200 block of Knoll Road about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Deputy Brenda Sipley.

The man had walked out of his residence and gotten into his vehicle unaware that the front door had been left ajar and his niece had followed him outside, Sipley said.

"As he started backing out of the driveway, the toddler was struck, knocked to the ground and pinned under his vehicle," she said. "The child's grandfather jacked up the right side of the vehicle, freeing the toddler."

Paramedics flew her to Rady Children's Hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries, Sipley said.


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