A 23-month-old boy died after being struck by a vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot Tuesday morning, according to Bradenton police.
As of Tuesday morning, the investigation indicates the incident was accidental, Bradenton Police Capt. Brian Thiers said.
Police were called to the parking lot of Citrus Meadows Apartment Complex, 1591 19th St. Ct. E., around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday after Amir Stubbs had been hit by a vehicle, according to a news release.
Officers started life-saving measures until EMS crews arrived and took Amir to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where police said the child died.
Investigators said Amir was waiting by his family’s car getting ready for school with his two siblings when he walked away. His mother ran back to the apartment to grab something before the incident occurred, according to Thiers.
Amir walked between cars and fell into the path of a vehicle driven by a Bradenton woman through the parking lot, according to police.
Witnesses told officers there was nothing the woman could have done, Thiers said.
The woman is not facing charges.
“Initial indications are that speed and driver impairment are not factors in this crash,” according to a news release.
“She is obviously very upset,” Theirs said of the driver.
Though she said she did not see much other than the lights on emergency vehicles, news of the incident upset Candy Delorme, who lives in the apartment complex, and her son.
It was nearly silent outside around noon when Delorme walked from her apartment o the complex’s office, basket of laundry in hand.
She said they read about the accident when an alert from a news app came up on their phones.
“We both looked at each other. I had a knot in my stomach,” Delorme said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Bradenton police ask anyone with information on the incident to call Sergeant Sean O’Leary at 941-932-9300, email email@example.com, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or report online at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.