22-month-old girl dies after mother’s boyfriend runs her over

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The 600 block of North Willow Avenue is seen in an image from Google Maps Street View.

LOS ANGELES – A 22-month-old girl who was run over in a driveway by a pickup truck driven by her mother’s boyfriend died, officials said Monday.

The boyfriend was pulling out of the driveway Sunday around 10 p.m. on North Willow Avenue when he felt the truck roll over “an unknown object,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.  He discovered that he had hit the little girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives learned the boyfriend was unaware that the girl followed him outside. The mother was home at the time of the deadly incident, but did not know that her daughter had wandered out of the house, investigators said.

The boyfriend did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol; foul play is not suspected, according to investigators.

An investigation was ongoing, and anyone with information was encouraged to call the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or leave an anonymous tip by dialing 800-222-8477.