Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Hudson girl, 4, killed after being struck by SUV driven by her mother

HUDSON — A 4-year-old girl was killed Wednesday after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle in front of her apartment.

Her mother was driving, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

The girl was identified as Michelle Ivancsits. Her mother is Cathy Jo Ivancsits, 38.

The accident happened at Anclote Villas on Flowers Drive at about 4 p.m.

Authorities said Ivancsits was backing up but stopped when her husband, David, called to her. He walked up to the driver's side of the SUV to talk to his wife, troopers said. While the parents talked briefly, Michelle got out of the vehicle and walked toward the front of it. Mrs. Ivancsits then accelerated forward and ran over her daughter.

Emergency responders took the girl to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she later died. An investigation was ongoing, Gaskins said.

At the scene, police tape surrounded a skewed tan Pontiac Aztec, about a block away from the crash. The front of the house was also roped off with yellow tape.

Construction worker Trae Denney, who witnessed the crash, said he saw the girl and a boy playing in the parking lot in front of the house where the family lived. A neighbor said they moved in a few months ago. As he walked back to where he was working, Denney said he heard a bang and spotted the girl on the ground.

The father shouted to the SUV and waved his arms furiously, Denney said, and the mother stopped the car and ran back. Denney ran, too.

The woman was hysterical and picked the girl up, Denney said.

Denney said he tried to stop her, to prevent further injuries.

"No, I've got to pick her up," Denney said the mother cried.

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