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Toddler killed by grandfather backing out of driveway

Toddler killed by grandfather backing out of driveway (Photo Alex Aguirre/FOX26)

Update: 8:07 p.m. -

A toddler was killed Thursday afternoon, in what appears to be a tragic accident.

A grandfather was backing out of the driveway near Caruthers, hitting and killing his 1 1/2-year-old grandchild.

Another child screamed, alerting family to what had happened.

However the grandfather was unaware of the tragedy and was already driving on Highway 41 heading to Madera when he got a call from family members.

Deputies say the man was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup and the child became trapped behind the right rear tire while he was backing up.

The child was rushed the hospital but died about an hour later.

Deputies say other children were outside the home with the 1 1/2-year-old.

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies say it's unlikely the man will face any charges because it was an accident.

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