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White Pine child dies trick or treating

Published: 10:27 PM, 11/01/2013 Last updated: 10:28 PM, 11/01/2013

Author: Kathy Hemsworth
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

WHITE PINE -- A tragic accident in White Pine on Halloween night claimed the life of a four-year-old boy who was out celebrating Halloween with family members.

According to White Pine Police Department Det. Chad Cotter, the child was riding in the back of a 1999 Chevrolet Astro van that had the side door open while trick-or-treating in a White Pine subdivision. White Pine Police said that the child either fell or jumped out of the vehicle and was then run over by its rear wheel as it traveled down Douglas Street at about 6:30 p.m.


Authorities said the boy and his brother were riding in the back of the van. Their father and grandfather occupied the front of the vehicle.

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene quickly, transporting the child to a landing scene for Lifestar. The helicopter flew the boy to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said that the investigation into the accident is ongoing, as its cause has not yet been determined. The child's name has not yet been released, but the family does live in White Pine.

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