The Labor Day weekend began in tragedy for one local family after a 2-year-old boy was killed Friday when he was run over by his mother’s car after freeing himself from his car seat and opening the door of the moving vehicle.
Trevon Bluitt, 2, was pronounced dead at the OCH Regional Medical Center emergency room early Friday afternoon, Oktibbeha County sheriff’s deputies said.
Trevon had been buckled into a car seat in the back seat of the Chrevolet Lumina being driven by his mother, Katrina Bluitt, 25, of 1033 Highway 182, Lot 83, as they were leaving the University Hills Mobile Home Park where the family lives. Another relative — a cousin of Katrina Bluitt’s — was riding in the front seat of the car when the accident occurred, deputies said.
The incident was eported at 12:14 p.m. Friday via a phone call to E-911 operators. Responding sheriff’s deputies found that Trevon had unbuckled himself from his car seat and managed to open the door while his mother was driving the car, deputies said.
The little boy fell out of the moving car, which ran over him, deputies said. Trevon was taken by ambulance to OCH, where he was later pronounced dead.
The accident remains under investigation, but it is unlikely any criminal charges will be filed in the incident, said Chief Deputy George Carrithers late Friday afternoon.
“It was just an accident. This is a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Carrithers said.
Carrithers urged parents to make sure their young children remain firmly fastened in car seats and that child safety locks on rear car doors are in use while driving.
“Please make sure you keep a close eye on children riding in the back seat. There are mirrors that can be installed on sun visors that allow you to see children in the back seat,” Carrithers said.
“We don’t want another family to have to go through what this family is going through.”
Funeral arrangements for Trevon Bluitt will be announced as soon information becomes available.