UPDATE: 2 year old and driver identified in fatal vehicle death

UPDATE at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, May 5

David Souza, 68, has been identified as the driver of the 1999 Ford F-250 involved in the incident, CHP said.

UPDATE at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 5

Placer County authorities have identified the deceased as Eli Souza, 2, of Grass Valley. The cause and manner of death are pending investigation.

Initial post

A 2-year-old child died Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said.

The boy, whose name hasn’t yet been released, was struck around 9 a.m. on Still Road, off Wolf Road, in South County, said Officer Jason Bice.

“The collision occurred on a section of a gravel driveway at a private residence on Still Road,” a news release states.

The child was taken by family to an Auburn hospital as officers responded to the scene, authorities said.

“Upon their arrival at the hospital, they found the child had died from his injuries,” the release states.

Drugs and alcohol aren’t suspected. There have been no arrests, reports state.


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