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Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2013 3:05PM

3-year-old killed by dump truck in St. Rose



A St. Charles Parish family is mourning a three-year-old who got caught under a dump truck as it backed into a parking space.

It happened late Wednesday afternoon on Summerton Drive in St. Rose.  Sheriff's officials say young Mark Washington III was riding an electric dirt bike equipped with training wheels when he went off the sidewalk.

"And turned...through the grass, and then into the path of the truck," said Capt. Pat Yoes. "He actually pulled underneath the truck and the driver was unaware of it."

Yoes said the 40-year-old dump truck driver apparently didn't know anything was wrong, until he saw a woman reflected in his side-view mirror, screaming for him to stop.

No charges have been filed but investigators are waiting for results of a toxicology test.

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