Editor’s note: This article contains information some people might find unsettling about a fatality.
An 18-month-old toddler died following injuries received after being struck by a vehicle Saturday in the driveway of his Freemanville home located at 1897 Freemanville Drive.
According to a press release issued by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to a report from the Atmore Police Department that an infant had been accidentally struck by a vehicle. Officials said a friend, who was not named, started to back out of the drive when he stopped because the car felt like it was running over something. At the same time, an eye witness driving by on Freemanville Drive got out of their car and screamed, “You hit the baby.” The driver of the car saw that the car was on top of the child. He then pulled the car forward and off the child. The child was put in the car and taken to Atmore Community Hospital.
Kimonte DaJohn Williams of Atmore was taken by LifeFlight to South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile where he died Sunday morning, according to his obituary.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Escambia County Department of Human Resources are continuing to investigate this case. According to Sheriff Grover Smith, no charges have been filed, however, as in all cases involving a death, the case will be presented for grand jury consideration.
In other news, sheriff’s officials responded to a call Saturday at 5:26 p.m. involving a 4-wheeler accident on Grissett Bridge Road. Kevin Lowery of Monroe County sustained serious head injuries in the accident. According to witnesses on the scene, Lowery’s 4-wheeler struck another 4-wheeler and he was ejected landing on the road. He was taken from D.W. McMillan Hospital by LifeFlight to a nearby trama center.
Mike Lambert with the Escambia County sheriff’s Department said ATVs such as 4-wheelers, go-carts and golf carts are not street legal.
“They aren’t legal between the light poles,” he said. “Most people think you can ride them in the ditch, but they’re not legal on the road or in the ditch beside the road.”