Toddler Killed by Amazon Van in Parking Lot on Estancia in Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA — August 16, 2022, a toddler was fatally struck by an Amazon delivery van in a parking lot on Estancia in Irvine.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. in an apartment community parking lot on the 300 block of Estancia. Preliminary investigation suggests only that an Amazon van moving through the parking lot somehow made fatal contact with a very young child. Responders were unable to revive the child at the scene.
The investigation continues but police do not suspect impairment was a factor. The Amazon van was reportedly driven by a third-party contractor.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Amazon Van Accident on Estancia in Irvine
Right now with only the preliminary details in the news it's hard to say how this terrible tragedy really unfolded. Reports suggest the child was in the parking lot as the van pulled through, but why? Was she with anyone, or maybe playing close to her home? Should she have been visible to the van's driver considering this happened in broad daylight? Was the driver's full attention on their surroundings or were they distracted? How fast was the van moving through the lot?
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 the family's devastating loss, but I have a feeling they want as many clear answers as they can get. Depending on what those answers are, they may also feel the need to hold someone accountable--particularly since a supposed professional driver was involved. If police won't spend enough time or resources to help them do that, maybe independent professionals should get involved on the family's behalf.