VALDOSTA -- A 15-month-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle in his driveway Thursday evening.

Lt. Brian Childress, public information officer for the Valdosta Police Department, said a call was received at about 5:28 p.m., saying a child had been struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of Princeton Lane.

When officers arrived, they discovered the boy had been backed over by a Jeep Cherokee in the driveway of the family residence.

The child was transported to

South Georgia Medical Center where he died.

"We were told a family friend had stopped by the house and they all thought the child was inside the home," Childress said.

"The woman then got into her vehicle to leave and accidentally backed over the child."

The name of the child has not been released because all family members had not been notified.

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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