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A 3-year-old Waldorf boy was killed Tuesday afternoon after he got out of his mother’s parked car and ran into the path of a passing SUV, a Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.
Previous police reports had indicated that the child was 6 years old.
Police received a call around 2 p.m. for an accident in the 10500 block of Sugarberry Street.
A preliminary investigation revealed the mother had been driving her Pontiac Pursuit with her son, Elias Masanaa Charles-Kabongo, in the back seat when she pulled over and got out of the car to hand a mailman some letters, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.
As she chatted with the mailman, the boy unbuckled himself, ran around and behind the car and into the street, where he was hit by an oncoming Infiniti SUV.
The boy was pronounced dead on the scene. His father arrived home shortly after the accident.
The 48-year-old driver of the SUV remained at the scene and “at this point it doesn’t appear” there were any factors which contributed to the accident like speed, alcohol or drugs, Richardson said.
“At this point it just seems like a tragic accident,” she said.
Both parents were taken from the scene in the back of an ambulance and were offered assistance from the department’s victim services manager and chaplaincy service, Richardson said.
Sheriff’s Cpl. J. Hopkins is investigating.
For Joe and Teressa Gardner, the accident hit close to home literally and figuratively they live a few doors down from where the boy was hit and, though they did not know the child or his family personally, the Gardners do have three children of their own.
“I have young children, and the same way that it happened, it could happen to any of our children,” Teressa Gardner said.