Truckee boy critical after accident at home
A 12-year-old Truckee boy was in critical condition at Washoe Medical Center in Reno Wednesday afternoon, four days after a motor vehicle accident in Tahoe Donner.
According to authorities, the boy’s father accidentally ran over him with a car Sunday afternoon when the child darted out into the street on a go-cart in front of their residence.
“He (the father) was down the street helping his neighbor do landscaping,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Evans said.
“He decided to move to the car and was backing up the street to park in his driveway. The kid came out of his driveway directly into his path.”
Evans said the car, a Subaru Outback, rolled over the go-cart, pinning the boy beneath.
The father and his neighbor attempted to lift the car by hand, then retrieved a floor jack from the house, which they used to lift the car off the go-cart.
A Truckee Fire Protection District ambulance arrived and transported the boy to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where a CareFlight helicopter picked him up for transport to Washoe Medical Center.
Evans said the boy had been wearing a helmet, but suffered respiratory arrest while pinned under the car.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was started by the first responders to the scene.
Authorities were alerted to the accident by a 9-1-1 call made by the boy’s younger brother, whom they said gave excellent and clear directions to the house, allowing emergency crews to respond as quickly as possible.
Evans said the accident is still under investigation at this time.
Members of the Truckee community have already begun to reach out to the victim and his family, contributing funds and support to them in the crisis.
Truckee Youth Theater will begin its production, Scene Showcase at Tahoe-Truckee High School Auditorium Friday, and plans to donate funds from the entire run of the show to the victim’s family.
Many of the children in the organization were friends of the victim.
Kris Norris, secretary treasurer of non-profit Truckee Youth Theater, said the show is expected to generate about $3,000.
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