A 9-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in Baltimore after a car rolled over him in a driveway.
The father of the boy was loading up the family in the car just after 4 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle popped out of gear, according to Maj. Tim Clarke with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened on Greenlea Court near Lake Linganore, an area where most homes have steep driveways, Clarke said.
“The father was actually outside the vehicle physically trying to keep the van from rolling backward,” he said. “He asked his son to quickly run up and put the car in park, but apparently the vehicle got into reverse somehow.”
As the car was rolling backward, the front driver’s side door was open, which is where the boy was standing. The boy was hit by the door, which knocked him down, and the front wheels of the car then ran over his legs. Clarke did not know whether one or both legs were run over.
The car continued to go backward and stopped across the street, where it hit a tree, he said.
Other children and a dog were in the car but were not injured. Clarke did not know which hospital the boy was taken to, but he was taken by ambulance for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The incident remains under investigation.