2-year-old child accidentally killed in driveway

A 2-year-old toddler was accidentally killed Wednesday, according to a report from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

According to Trooper Chris High, the child was let out of the house apparently when a family dog opened the storm door at a residence on a private drive on Page Road off Rowland Road in the Ridgecrest community. High said the dog had been known to have opened the door before.

“We think that’s how the child got out,” High said.

The child got behind a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Jeffery Clark, 47, of Albemarle, who was working on the house’s air conditioning system.

The trooper said Clark believed he had run over the dog, but it was the child, who had gotten out with the dog.

High said as far as the highway patrol was concerned, no charges will be forthcoming from their agency. He added the report will be sent to the district attorney’s office.