NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 3-year-old who was at a family gathering at a home in Garrison for an Easter Egg hunt died Saturday after he was accidentally run over by an SUV.
According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, the 3-year-old boy has been identified as Romeo Tejeda Castro, who would have turned 4 in May.
NCSO deputies responded to a 911 call about a child that had been run over in the Garrison area at about 4 p.m. Saturday, the press release stated. Family members told dispatch that a child had been run over on private property and that the parents of the little boy had put him in a private vehicle and were headed to the hospital.
A short time later, an NCSO deputy spotted the vehicle on US Highway 59, and it pulled to the side of the road. A woman got out of the vehicle with Romeo in her arms.
Because the deputy could not feel a pulse, he or she started doing CPR on the child. According to the press release, the deputy performed CPR on the little boy on the side of the road for nine minutes until EMS personnel arrived on the scene.
The EMS personnel continued doing CPR on Romeo and took him to Nacogdoches Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Since the incident occurred, NCSO investigators have learned that the family gathering had been at a residence just off of Highway 59 in Garrison. Several kids and parents had been at the residence and were about to start an Easter egg hunt.
A family member left the home in an SUV to go to the store to gather more supplies. When the vehicle was started, no one saw that Romeo was near the SUV's right front tire. After the family member started to turn around, the child was dragged about 60 feet down the driveway.
"This was a tragic accident that will forever impact our community," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time."
The press release stated that the Garrison Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office are conducting an ongoing investigation into the accident.