06/08/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Orlando, FL—The driver of a pickup truck that struck a child, leaving him in critical condition, was seemingly taken into custody but has not been arrested or charged in connection with the accident as of Sunday, June 6, 2010. The horrific pedestrian-truck collision occurred in Orange County on Saturday, June 5, 2010, according to information provided by WESH.com.
Several people were reported standing outside an ice cream truck, merely waiting for their turn to buy a sweet snack, when a violent accident occurred.
Reports indicated 6-year-old Jonathan Newkirk attempted to run across the street where his father was waiting for him on the sidewalk.
Upon doing so, however, a white pickup truck driven by David Diaz, 28, hit the child. Newkirk was consequently dragged down the road on impact. The pedestrian-involved truck wreck occurred at approximately 5 p.m. in the Lockhart area of Orange County.
According to witness Ronald Cruz, “I was buying ice cream with my brother and one of the little kids ran in front of the ice cream truck to cross the street, and another truck came and hit him and dragged him about 20 feet…The little kid was laying there on the ground, and I rushed to him as he was bleeding from the ears and his mouth.”
Medical personnel transported Newkirk to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he remained in critical condition on Sunday.
Though officers reportedly detained Diaz after the crash, police noted that he had not yet been formally arrested or charged. Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are expected to conduct a full probe into the accident.
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