UPDATE: Death of Central Ariz. boy called tragic accident

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UPDATE MARCH 10:

The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

BAGDAD, Ariz. -- Investigators from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office have concluded that the death of the 2-year-old child was caused by a tragic accident.

Reports indicate the child was struck at the roadway's edge as the truck was slowly pulling forward from the yard towards the street. The driver told deputies he was not aware his son moved into the truck's path as he began driving.

Additionally, the height of the truck made it impossible for the driver to see a small child who was in close proximity to the front of the vehicle. Evidence shows that the truck's front left tire struck the child's upper body where the yard adjoins the roadway. Immediately after sensing impact, Mr. Brimhall stopped his vehicle and discovered his injured son.

Driver impairment has been ruled out and Mr. Brimhall has fully cooperated throughout the investigation.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) -- A central Arizona toddler is dead after apparently being hit by a truck driven by his father.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says initial reports indicate that 36-year-old Golden Brimhall accidentally struck his 2-year-old son during a "driving maneuver in front of the family home" in Bagdad.

D'Evelyn says the boy was airlifted Wednesday afternoon to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, where he died.

The death remains under investigation.

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