Friday, April 16, 2004

SUV runs over 19-month-old boy

Mother at wheel in fatal accident

The Cincinnati Enquirer

VERONA - A 19-month-old boy died Thursday after being run over by a sport utility vehicle in his driveway.

An ambulance took Alan "Foxx" Messerly to St. Luke Hospital in Florence, where he was pronounced dead.

He was ran over by a Nissan Xterra driven by his mother, 25-year-old Sandra Messerly, at 3 p.m. in front of the family's home on U.S. 42 near the Gallatin County line, according to Boone County Sheriff's deputies.

Messerly was backing up her SUV when Foxx walked out of the garage and behind the vehicle, according to deputies.

Messerly's other young child was in a stroller and not harmed.

"This is a tragic accident," said Tom Scheben, spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff's Office. "She was backing off a concrete pad so she could play ball with her son."

Messerly's husband was working at the time of the accident.

The Boone County Sheriff's accident reconstruction team was investigating the incident Thursday night, but Scheben said he didn't expect any criminal charges to be filed.

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