Father unknowingly hits, kills 4-year-old son in driveway, police say

Police say a father unknowingly backed up over his toddler son, killing him. (Photo cropped from original version)
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Police say a father unknowingly backed up over his toddler son, killing him. (Photo cropped from original version)

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Authorities said a 4-year-old Georgia boy was killed Sunday afternoon when his father unknowingly backed over him in a driveway.

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Deputies with the Lamar County Sheriff's Office, medical personnel and Georgia State Patrol troopers were called to a home in Barnesville, Georgia, about 65 miles south of Atlanta.

The boy’s father, a 36-year-old man, was backing up in his Toyota pickup truck when the 4-year-old ran behind him, authorities said in an emailed statement to WSB.

The incident is still under investigation. It does not appear alcohol was involved, according to WSB.

State troopers, who are leading the investigation, have not said if the father will face charges in his son’s death.