Child Dies in Orange Grove

By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email
By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email

A two year old boy from Winter Haven was killed this morning after his 10 year old brother accidentally ran him over with a flatbed truck.

Authorities say the child, Ruben Velasquez ,was out picking oranges in a grove with his family this morning. The child and another sibling were waiting in the car while their parents were working in the fields.

Polk County Sheriff's deputies say the boy got out of the car at some point and was in between the flatbed trailer and the vehicle when the boy's 10 year old brother moved the car forward.

The boy was killed instantly when the trailer ran over him. Authorities say the trailer also had a full load of orange baskets on it.

The death was ruled as an accident, but the investigation is ongoing.


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