[LAST UPDATED 12/23 at 6:09PM]
Tragedy strikes a Thomasville family just days before Christmas ... and it strikes in their own driveway.
Deputies from the Thomas County Sheriff's Office are calling it 'one of the worst cases' they've worked: a 2-year-old girl is killed after being accidentally hit by a car, just days before Christmas.
"It's just one of those unfortunate circumstances, especially at Christmastime."
The incident happened (12/22) on Summerhill Road in Thomasville; the father of the little girl stopped for another one of his children as he was pulling into the family's driveway, and authorities say that child got in with the father, then he put the car in 'drive', not knowing his daughter was in front of the vehicle.
TCSO says the toddler was rushed to Archbold Memorial Hospital where she later died.
People in the Thomasville community say they are keeping the grieving family close to their hearts.
Says Linda McLean, who lives on the road where the accident took place, "Christmas is all about giving and all about children - and we want to make them happy and we just want to share, and in my heart I feel compassionate for the sorrow for the family."
TCSO says no charges are being filed in the accident.
A tragic accident claims the life of a 2-year-old girl in Thomasville.
The Thomas County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened yesterday (12/22) on the 2000 block of Summerhill Road in Thomasville.
They say the child's father was pulling into the family's driveway around 1PM, couldn't see his daughter, and hit her. TCSO says the little girl was rushed to Archbold Memorial Hospital where she passed away later that afternoon.
Officers on the case told Eyewitness News that this was one of the most difficult scenes they've ever worked and their hearts go out to the family during this time of grief.
TCSO says they won't be releasing any names in connection with the incident due to its tragic nature.
They're just asking that the community keep this family in their thoughts and prayers, especially since this happened so close to Christmas.