Charges are pending against a man who hit a 16-month-old girl while he was backing out of his driveway on Wednesday afternoon, according to the State Highway Patrol.
The girl was hit by a car in a mobile home park, but the car’s driver, William Case, managed to stop before his tire ran over her.
Troopers say Case wasn’t looking as he backed up and for that reason they will cite him.
Case was backing out of his driveway on Bryan Drive, south of Garner, when he heard people yelling for him to stop. When Case got out, he saw the neighbor’s young daughter under the exhaust pipe of his Oldsmobile Alero.
The girl was crying and had a laceration under her eye.
“I did not feel her under my car,” Case said. “All I heard was a thump and heard her crying.”
The girl was taken to a hospital. Police say the child was struck and fell under the car.
“The vehicle’s muffler made contact with the child and burned her facial area,” the Highway Patrol said in a press release. “The child was taken to the UNC-Chapel Hill burn unit. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time, but it appears ‘non’ life threatening.”
The incident happened at about 4:45 p.m. After being interviewed by troopers, Case spoke to reporters.
“I’m very sorry for what happened, and I wish the best for her,” Case said.