A 3-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a car driven by an unaccompanied 13-year-old girl earlier this week.
The tragic accident took place in Gorham, Maine, in Tamarack Circle — which is in the Friendly Village of Gorham mobile home park — at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, and the girl was said to be in the car by herself. While he lived in the area, he is not said to be related to the teen.
"As far as why she was behind the wheel of the vehicle, details we're still trying to obtain at the is point and time. As we speak I have investigators looking into the incident and conducting additional interviews," Gorham Police chief Christopher Sanborn said, KVOA reported.
"My heart goes out to the family of the victim. It’s unfathomable to have to deal with that sort of situation," Sanborn said. "I’m a dad as well, and obviously makes you stop and think and appreciate the fact that you’re not in those shoes."
Sanborn said the loss of life resonates in the community, as Gorham is "close-knit."
A post-traumatic stress team was in Gorham on Thursday, April 15, to help first responders involved in the case, WMTW reported.
Police did not say where the parents of either the boy or the teenage girl were at the time of the accident or how she got access to the vehice. It is also reportedly too soon to determine if charges will be filed but they have not been ruled out, according to Sanborn.
The girl was not identified by police, due to her age, nor was the young boy.
The crash is still under investigation, and the circumstances leading up to the crash are not yet clear.