4-Month-Old Girl Dies in Bizarre Accident

A four-month-old girl was killed in a bizarre accident yesterday morning, police say.

The child was being carried by her mother, who was walking towards the gated entrance of the Casa del Sol Apartmens at 9501 South Sam Houston Parkway.

She was bringing an access card to the gate to let someone in. That person was driving a Ford F-150 pickup and was idling outside the gate.

"The truck suddenly accelerated and struck the gate," HPD says. "The gate swung open, knocked the child's mother backward and the baby was thrown directly in front of the vehicle, where she was struck by the right front tire."

Both the baby and mother were taken to the hospital, where the child died. An investigation showed the driver was not intoxicated at the time of the 9:50 a.m. incident. None of the names of the people involved have been released.

"No charges have been filed at this time as the investigation is continuing," HPD says.

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