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2-year-old girl killed in back-over accident

by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on June 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 9 at 10:22 PM

A little girl is dead after a family member ran her over in her driveway.

The tragic accident happened as the little girl's cousin was backing out. The 2-year-old had managed to get outside on her own for only a few minutes -- long enough for an awful accident to happen.

Cortae Jones was in the driveway of her Bel Ridge home. Her older cousin was behind the wheel. He didn't see the toddler in the blind zone behind his SUV and accidentally backed over her. Paramedics tried to revive Cortae, but the SUV had done too much damage to her little body.

She was taken to Children's Hospital where more than 50 family members gathered together to remember the girl they call a little angel.

"Accidents hurt. It makes your heart hurt," Kim Williams-Muhammad, Cortae's Godmother, says. "The two years that she's been with our family has been a wonderful two years, I mean I say wonderful -- she's a phenomenal little child, she's a child that everyone in our family loved."

I did some digging, and back-over accidents are more common than you might think. According to kidsandcars.org, at least 50 children in the United States are backed over every week, most commonly by larger vehicles, driven by a loved one.

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