TRAGEDY: Gerber boy, 7, run over by father
A tragic accident has left a 7-year-old Gerber boy dead – killed when his father ran over him with a trailer he was pulling behind a pickup truck on Thursday.
Mario Gonzalez died en route to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Redding, shortly after the 7 p.m. accident on a private driveway off Truckee Avenue north of Costa Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.
“Apparently, they were on their way to feed some livestock,” CHP Officer Phillip Mackintosh said.
When Sergio Gonzales Nino, 38, stopped the pickup to open a gate to the property, his son apparently climbed out of the sliding back window to the cab, and climbed down between the back of the truck and the utility trailer.
“When Mr. Gonzalez re-entered the pickup and continued forward, the 7 year old was run over ...” the CHP stated in its report.
Alcohol or other extenuating circumstances do not appear to have played a part in the accident, Mackintosh said.
“The investigation is ongoing, of course, but at this time, we do not have anything like that,” the officer said.