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Toddler dies in driveway accident in Pa.

April 21, 2004|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 23-month-old child was killed Tuesday morning when she walked behind a pickup truck that was backing up in the driveway outside her Antrim Township, Pa., home, Pennsylvania State Police sid.

Lynell Kae Gordon of 1070 Milnor Road was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:40 p.m. by Franklin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Peiffer. The cause of death was a compound fracture of the skull, Peiffer said.

Police said the accident happened at about 11:45 a.m. when an 18-year-old relative of the girl was backing out of the driveway. The man did not see the girl as she walked behind the vehicle, police said.

From July 2000 to June 2001, 78 children in the United States died in non-traffic accidents involving vehicles, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of that number, 21 died as a result of backovers, according to center statistics.

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The leading cause of non-traffic deaths involving vehicles is hyperthermia from leaving children unattended in vehicles, according to CDC. Eight in 10 children killed in non-traffic accidents are under the age of 4, according to center statistics.

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