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3-year-old killed when car rolls back and hits her in driveway, sheriff says

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 16:22:06-05

HARRIS COUNTY, TX — A 3-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a vehicle in her home's driveway in the Cypress area, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Saturday morning.

The sheriff tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. that deputies responded to a crash in the 18300 block of East Laura Shore.

Preliminary information was that a resident was backing out of the driveway and hit the child.

However, the sheriff later provided an update that a mother, Melissa Higdon, had just arrived home was unloading her SUV and inadvertently left the vehicle in neutral.

Higdon and her three children then exited the vehicle, when it rolled back and stuck her 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Charlotte was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Cyfair EMS where she later died.

The case is being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vehicular Crimes Division.