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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 2 years ago

4-year-old boy run over by truck while boogie boarding

The Deltona boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando for his injuries.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

A 4-year-old boy was run over by a pickup truck after riding his boogie board close to the traffic lane south of the Harvard Approach in Ormond Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses saw the Deltona boy get off his boogie board and run in front of the truck, the front passenger-side tire rolling over his lower abdomen and the rear over his foot.

The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Aaron Hagstrom, told Volusia County Beach Safety he saw a boy and a girl in the water as he drove by, but that they weren’t in the traffic lane. As he drove forward, they disappeared from his sight. Shortly afterward Hagstrom said he felt a bump and heard screams.

Volusia County Beach Safety reported that at the time of the incident, the tide was still in the traffic lane and all vehicle ramps were closed for high tide. Hagstrom was not considered to be at fault of the incident and was not cited.

The boy was responsive at the scene, drifting in and out of consciousness as his aunt comforted him. He was initially taken to Halifax Medical Center, but later airlifted to Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando for more treatment. Volusia County Beach Safety said the child is still considered in very serious condition.

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