Boy, 4, Is Fatally Struck by Van After Wandering From Florida Hotel While Parents Slept
The driver didn't see him coming.
A little boy with special needs was tragically killed early Friday after wandering from his Florida hotel room as his parents slept and was struck by an oncoming car.
Kiyan Tomlin, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was staying at the hotel in Orange County with his parents and left the room after they went to sleep Thursday evening, the parents told investigators.
Sometime before 2 a.m., 4-year-old Kiyan left the Stay America room and somehow scrambled onto the John Young Parkway.
At 2:05, reports came in to authorities of a fatal crash. The driver, a 56-year-old Orlando man, said he could see nothing on the darkened highway before he felt the impact.
The driver told police he pulled over and exited his vehicle. That's when he saw Kiyan's body.
"I don't think there's anything [the driver] could have done to avoid this," FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes told WKMG. "It was dark out here, and you don't expect there to be a child in the middle of the road as you're driving along."
Kiyan was found wearing mismatched shoes, a t-shirt and no pants. Members of the Florida Highway Patrol followed his footprints back to the hotel, where they found the parents still asleep.
Cops said they also found a chair they believe Kiyan climbed to unlatch the door still propped against it.
The parents were unaware their little boy had left and police said they showed no signs of impairment.
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