Toddler Killed After Being Hit by Pickup Truck Driven by Relative: Reports
A 2-year-old Louisiana girl was killed when she was hit by a vehicle at a Pennsylvania mobile home park, authorities said.
Little Shelbie Folse, of Houma, and her family were living at the Harvest Moon Trailer Court in Woodward Township for her father’s job when a relative driving a pickup truck struck the toddler at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, PennLive.com reported.
The 21-year-old man, also of Houma, was leaving a parking space when the truck’s undercarriage struck the little girl, state police told the news website.
Though initial reports noted the child had been carried about 20 feet, Ashley Folse, the little girl's mother, told InsideEdition.com that when the driver realized he had hit something, he stopped the truck immediately.
Due to the height of the truck, the driver — who authorities said is not Shelby’s father — was unaware of the child’s location, according to reports.
No charges have been filed against the driver, officials said.
Shelbie’s loved ones were devastated by the tragedy.
“She is everything to me,” Ashley Folse posted on Facebook. “A piece of my soul is missing. RIP my angel princess.”
A GoFundMe page set up to offset expenses of flying Shelbie’s body back to Louisiana and to bury her was created by a family friend.
Calling the loss of Shelbie a "tragic accident," family friend Samantha Dufrene wrote the Folses “are people who will help anyone in any way they can.”
As of Monday, the page had raised $1,550 of is $3,500 goal.