RUSTON, La (Ruston Police Department) - A child has died after being run over in the parking lot of New Living Word Church early Wednesday morning.
The Ruston Police Department received a call regarding a child that had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the New Living Word Church on West Barnett Springs Avenue around 7:52am Wednesday morning.
Officers from the Ruston Police Department and firefighters from the Ruston Fire Department immediately responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, they located a small child by the rear wheel of a 2006 Ford Explorer. This vehicle was driven by the child’s mother. As the driver of the vehicle was pulling into the parking lot to drop the child off for school, it appears that the child opened the rear passenger’s side door (as the vehicle was still in motion). The opening of the door caused the child to fall out of the vehicle. The child was then struck by and severely injured by the vehicle’s rear passenger side tire. Firefighters were unable to detect any signs of life in the child; who was later pronounced deceased by the Lincoln Parish Coroner’s Office.
The prayers and thoughts of the men and women of the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Fire Department are with the family involved in this incident as well as the faculty, staff, and students of the New Living Word School.