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Toddler run over by family SUV
Boy rushed to medical center by helicopter
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A Manteca Ambulance medic and firefighter Chris Jones and a REACH Helicopter medic work over a Manteca toddler who had been run over by an SUV backing up Tuesday morning as they ready him for a flight to a medical center in Sacramento. - photo by GLENN KAHL
A Manteca toddler was rushed to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento by helicopter Tuesday morning after being driven over by a family SUV backing out of a driveway on Blair Court.

The accident happened in the neighborhood near the intersection of Louise and Marguerite avenues near the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Manteca Police said the mother was leaving the family home to pick up her husband from work. She left the boy in the care of an adult baby sitter who had left the room as she went to the car. The boy is believed to be between 2 and 3 years of age.

They said it was an apparent accident as the toddler slipped out the front door and ran behind the family’s Dodge Durango. He was knocked down as it traveled in reverse.

 The mishap occurred when the wheel backed down over the gutter area of the curbing possibly creating something of a void or cushion against the total weight of the car, officers noted.

Fire medics along with a Manteca Ambulance unit were dispatched to the scene where they gave the youth aid while the REACH Helicopter was dispatched from Stockton Airport.

The air ambulance set down within 12 minutes of the call on the grassy area of the Calvary Community Church on Lathrop Road.  Manteca firemen guided the helicopter crew in by radio.

The ambulance crew arrived shortly thereafter and transferred the youth to the waiting helicopter.  Police said the parents had already left for Sacramento where they would meet their son in the hospital’s emergency room.

Due to privacy laws, officials couldn’t comment on the boy’s condition at the scene.