Child dies after being run over by driver ‘playing’ with moving vehicle

A seven-year-old boy was run over by a vehicle and killed in the parking lot of the Tidioute Scenic Overlook on Friday evening in Limestone Township.

Warren-based state police said the driver, 33-year-old Justin Edward Sweitzer, of Tidioute, was allegedly “playing” with the victim by speeding up as the boy was trying to open the vehicle door. The victim fell and was run over by the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Sweitzer.

The seven-year-old was pronounced dead at Warren General Hospital. Police were assisted at the scene by Tidioute Volunteer Fire Department.

An investigation is ongoing and no charges have been reported as a result of the fatal crash as of press time Sunday.

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