TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Tampa Police are investigating how a 4-year-old boy fell out of the back of an SUV, was run over, and later died at a hospital.
Police say a witness called 911 around 9:45 p.m. Sunday after seeing a child fall out of the back passenger door of the green SUV (2001-2004 green ford expedition) on N. Florida Avenue just north of 109th Avenue. Police say 4-year-old Marterrance Albury landed on his head and was then run over by the back wheels of the vehicle. Police say he was critically injured and later died at St. Joseph's Hospital from his injuries.
Police say detectives are still working to determine if the child fell out of the car or if he was pushed.
About 20-30 minutes after the incident, police say the victim's 17-year-old brother walked up to an officer at the scene and told him that he couldn't find his 4-year-old brother. Police say the victim rolled out of the vehicle in front of his apartment complex that faces Florida Avenue.
The victim's mother came home at 4:00 a.m. and told police that she went out with a friend and left her 4-year-old with his older brother, according to TPD officials. Once she found out of her son's death, police say she became hysterical and wanted to take her own life and was then transported to the hospital where she was baker acted. Detectives are still interviewing the 17-year-old son.
Police are still searching for the green expedition and urge anyone with information to call crime stoppers at 800-873-tip or the Tampa Police Department at 813 231-6130.