Young child dies after being struck by van driven by teenage unclePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A young boy lost his life Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle that was driven by his 14-year-old teenage uncle.
Phoenix Police were called to 27th Street and Southern Avenue around 3pm after 2-year-old Isaiah Jackson was hit by a van.
Jackson and several other kids were being watched by the 14-year-old. A van was parked in the area where the children were playing, so the teen decided to move the vehicle.
Jackson’s uncle didn’t see him while he was moving the van, and went on to strike him with the vehicle.
Jackson was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
While the 14-year-old uncle was not licensed to drive, he did not break any laws by driving because he was on private property.
“We’ve checked out the 14-year-old young man, he does not appear to have been impaired in any way. He was responsible for the care and for watching the children, and this appears just to be a tragic accident at this point, but our investigators are looking into every aspect,” said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.
Several other children were on the property at the time of the accident because Isaiah's grandmother runs a daycare at the location, according to numerous parents who showed up to pick up their kids and found the police scene.