A 7-year-old child was killed Thursday morning (Feb. 15) when he was hit by a vehicle in the parking lot of a Covington area strip shopping center, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.
A witness at the scene said the child was sitting or stooping next to a vehicle in the parking lot of the Shoppes Nord du Lac center in the 70400 block of Louisiana 21 when a pickup truck ran over him. The child’s parents were in one of the stores and ran out to discover the horrific scene, according to Michael Thompson, an employee of Allison Supply Co., who was making a delivery and witnessed the incident.
“I thought I’d seen it all, until you see something like this,” said Thompson, who has a 5-year-old son. “Everybody tells me I’ve overprotective because I’m always holding my son’s hand. This is why.”
Thompson said he was in the cab of his truck when he noticed the boy in a crouched or seated position near the rear tire of an SUV in the parking lot. “He was just in his own little world, playing with some rocks.”
Seconds later, a pickup truck came through the lot and the driver apparently didn’t see the child, hitting and running over him, Thompson said, shaking his head in frustration because he couldn’t jump from his truck in time to prevent the accident.
The shopping center on Louisiana 21 just outside the Covington city limits contains a coffee shop and various fast food restaurants. The accident occurred near the back of the center.
Yellow crime tape circled the scene of the accident where a large pool of blood remained around noon Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the victim or the driver of the pickup truck. Authorities did not say if the driver had been charged.
The Sheriff’s Office said it will release more information on the incident when it becomes available.
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