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Jul 16, 2010 2:29 PM by David Ortiviz

Police say toddler hit by car wandered from home

Colorado Springs Police says a 2-year-old boy who was killed Thursday night on Highway 24 near Garrett Rd., wandered up to 300 feet away from his home. Officers say the boy's guardians thought the other one was watching the child. The family had just returned home from running errands. The child was hit by a car around 9:30 p.m.

A woman driving eastbound on the highway told police she didn't see the child in the road and immediately stopped when she realized she had hit something. According to a police report the driver then heard the guardians scream as they ran to the scene. They attempted to perform CPR on the child, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The area where the accident happened is within city limits, but police say it's a rural highway and not well lit. "There's not the lighting that you'd find within the city limits," he said. "It's very dark, isolated and it's not easy to see, say animals in the road, let alone a small child," said Sgt. Steven Biscaro of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

It's estimated that the car was traveling at about 50 miles an hour.  Neither speed nor drug or alcohol are suspected in the case. Police say the driver was "very upset" following the accident.

Springs police say the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

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