UPDATE: Child killed in auto-pedestrian accident outside of Dayton

Traffic on FM 1960 west of Dayton is being diverted as of 9 p.m. Saturday while authorities investigate an auto-pedestrian accident involving a child. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Greak Cannaday)

Authorities say a young boy suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle in the 8200 block of FM 1960 west of Dayton Saturday evening. 

Around 7:40 p.m., the child and his parents were walking along the highway on their way to view Christmas lights at the Wrights’ Lights display when the boy ran into traffic and was hit by a westbound vehicle, according to Trooper John Sullivan with the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

‘The mom had stopped but the child proceeded into the street. Neither the mom nor dad were able to stop him in time,” the trooper said. 

The driver of the vehicle that struck the young boy pulled over and returned to the scene where bystanders reportedly were assisting his parents with CPR. Dayton police officers responded and took over CPR until paramedics arrived. 

The child was airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

According to Sullivan, the driver is not suspected of being impaired at the time of the accident. However, blood samples were taken to completely rule out impairment as a cause of the accident. 

The trooper says the child is believed to be around 9 years of age and is from Beaumont. 

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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