Liberty Lake Toddler Run Over By Truck - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Liberty Lake Toddler Run Over By Truck Is Improving

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff Detective David Thornburg told KHQ Tuesday morning that the 18-month-old girl who was run over by a truck on December 16th is improving.

Thornburg says the girl sustained a fractured skull and bleeding of the brain. She has been in ICU since the incident but is expected to be moved to a regular patient room shortly. She is expected to remain in the hospital for about another week.

Previous Coverage:

Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Friday afternoon around 3:42 pm, Sheriff's deputies responded to the north 2400 block of Chase Lane on the report of a pedestrian versus vehicle collision.  While enroute to the scene, traffic investigators learned the parents of an 18-month-old female toddler had already started to head to the hospital.  The parents had flagged down an ambulance in the area of Mission and Molter where paramedics then took over treatment of the child while enroute to the hospital.

While at the hospital, traffic investigators learned that the parents were leaving their home when the incident occurred.  The father of the child was already in their 2010 Dodge Ram pickup getting ready to the move their vehicle from the side of their garage.  The mother set their toddler down next to the truck briefly, as she had to run back into their house for something.  The father thought their daughter was still with his wife and proceeded to backup.  This is when the toddler was hit and run over by the truck.

The toddler did sustain serious head injuries, but is expected to survive.  Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision.  The father gave investigators a voluntary sample of his blood for analysis to completely rule out that drugs or alcohol were not involved.  The investigation into the incident continues.

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