Toddler dies after being hit by pickup truck in Buckeye Valley

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- An 18-month-old girl died Thursday after she was hit by a pickup truck in Buckeye Valley.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Melody Beahm and her father were in their front yard near Tuthill and Arlington roads when a family friend was getting ready to leave.

"As the family friend was driving away, the 18-month-old was under the pickup," said MCSO spokesman Officer Chris Hegstrom.

Melody was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m. at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The incident is under investigation, but officials said it appears to be a terrible accident.