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Toddler’s death ruled an accident

1-year-old struck while vehicles were moved

Nobody saw 1-year-old Collier D. Holbrook in time.

While his family rearranged vehicles in a near-southwest-side home Saturday, the child somehow ended up in the path of an SUV.

Officials have not said exactly what happened – police dispatch logs indicate that the boy may have run in front of the truck – but the Allen County Coroner ruled the boy’s death an accident Monday.

The coroner also identified Collier Holbrook as the boy, ruling that he had died from blunt-force trauma.

His death is the 27th traffic fatality in the county this year.

Fort Wayne police were called to a home in the 4100 block Hiawatha Boulevard on Saturday evening where they found the boy pinned underneath the SUV.

He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.

It’s not the first such death in Fort Wayne this year.

In June, a 15-month girl was struck by an SUV driven by an extended family member.

Just prior, the girl’s immediate and extended family members had gathered at a home near South Monroe and Baxter streets.

Two family members left in the SUV, striking the toddler while pulling out of the driveway.

The driver in the SUV did not realize the child had been struck until another family member called, well after the SUV had left the scene.

In that case, no charges have ever been filed.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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