• April 25, 2022

Child Killed by Reversing Truck at Veterans Memorial Park in Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces, NM -- April 24, 2022, a young child was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer at Veterans Memorial Park in Las Cruces.

Authorities say the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot at Veterans Memorial Park. Preliminary investigation suggests a person was reversing a commercial truck out of a parking space. The driver didn't see the toddler near the truck and struck her as the truck backed up.

The girl, believed to be between one and two years of age, was fatally injured in the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident at Veterans Memorial Park in Las Cruces

Right now with only the preliminary details in the news it's hard to say how this terrible tragedy really unfolded. Reports suggest the girl was near or behind the truck, but why? Was she with anyone? Would she have been visible to the truck driver during a standard mirror check before reversing? Was the driver's full attention on their surroundings or were they adjusting things in the cab as they backed up? How long was the truck's engine on in the parking spot before it started to reverse? Did its lights work properly?

Those are just some of the questions that still urgently need answers when trying to understand this tragedy as much as it even can be understood. I won't pretend to grasp a family's devastating loss in the wake of this terrible accident, but I have a feeling they want to know how and why things happened the way they did. Depending on what's learned about that they may also feel the need to hold someone accountable. For the moment, rather than speculating about what happened or what should come next I think most folks should focus on the best way to help that little girl's family during an extremely difficult time.

Child Killed by Reversing Truck at Veterans Memorial Park in Las Cruces, NM


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