1-year-old boy dies after being struck by car

A 1-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a car today in North Long Beach.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree said emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Crabtree said the collision took place at a mobile home park in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue.

Fire personnel performed advanced life-support aid on the boy, who was then transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition. Police said the boy was later pronounced dead.

Police said a preliminary investigation of the incident indicates the child and his father had just been dropped off at their home by a car service driver. As the father and child exited the vehicle, police said the father became momentarily distracted and the child ran in front of the vehicle. The driver then pulled away from the curb and, failing to see the child in front of the vehicle, struck him with the front of his car.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police, according to authorities.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.