Hudson, Florida -- A 4-year-old child was killed Wednesday after accidentally being run over by her mother outside their home.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Cathy Ivancsits, 38, was parked in a parking spot at the Anclote Villas Apartments on Flowers Drive and was beginning to back up when her husband, David, called out to her. He then approached the driver side and spoke with her briefly.
"At some point, unbeknownst to the mother, the child exited the vehicle, walking around to the front," said FHP spokesperson Sgt Steve Gaskins.
After Cathy and David were finished talking, Cathy put the car back in drive to pull back into the spot and accidentally ran over her daughter, Michelle.
"I heard a bang and I turned around and the vehicle is coming up here," said witness Trae Denney.
The contractor, who was at the apartments where the incident happened, ran to get an ambulance he noticed in the area on another call.
"I came back and she's picking up the baby and I'm telling her to put her down ... don't move her," he said.
Michelle was taken to Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point, but efforts to save the girl were unsuccessful.
While no charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation.
FHP says these types of incident are a frequent problem across the state. It is also a problem nationwide, according to the nonprofit group Kids and Cars. In the U.S., at least 50 children are being backed over by vehicles every week.
Parents and close relatives are behind the wheel in 70 percent of those cases.
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