Sep 14, 2012 11:14 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Family donates organs after boy's driveway death

KANSAS CITY (AP) - The heartbroken family of a Kansas City toddler who was killed in the driveway of his home has donated the little boy's organs.

Two-year-old Benjamin Thompson was run over Monday night by a pickup truck driven by his father. Family members said Benjamin ran behind the truck as his father was backing up.

Family members tell KMBC-TV that four children have benefited from the organ donations as of Thursday, receiving his corneas and two heart valves.

Police have called the death accidental. Investigators said the father checked his rearview mirrors before backing up but didn't see Benjamin as the child ran toward a trampoline in the home's front yard.

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