A 1-year-old boy is being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis after being struck by a truck in an apparent accident at his home just east of Lakeville.
According to St. Joseph County police, the father, Marlin, was unhitching a utility trailer from his pickup truck about 10:30 this morning on their property in the 66000 block of Juniper Road. The child was standing with him while he unhitched the trailer, then the father sent the boy to the house while he moved the pickup.
Police say the boy, unknown to the father, had run around the other side of the truck and was near the front driver side as the father started to move forward.
The father apparently felt a bump and immediately reversed. He found his son lying on the ground, crying.
Investigators say it doesn’t appear that the boy was run over, but merely knocked down with the tire putting some pressure on him. The boy has a cracked pelvis and possible head injuries.