Update: Autopsy Underway for Toddler Killed in Campbell Co. Acci - WSET.com - ABC13

Update: Autopsy Underway for Toddler Killed in Campbell Co. Accident

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Update: Campbell Co., VA - State police say an autopsy is underway on the 20-month-old girl who died after being run over in Campbell County.

They say Jessica Choi's body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke.

State police say a Mazda began backing out of a parking space at the Whitestone Village Townhomes when the girl was struck.

The driver of the Mazda was a 25-year-old Lynchburg woman.

There was a 16-year-old female passenger in the car too.

They say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. 

There were several children playing in and around the parking lot at the time of the incident.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

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Campbell Co., VA - A 20-month-old Campbell County girl is dead tonight after a tragic accident over the weekend.

Jessica Choi died around 7 p.m. after being backed over in her housing development, the Whitestone Village Townhomes off Ferguson Drive.

The property manager of the town homes says children playing in their lots have been a big problem, and every month, she sends out letters urging parents to keep their kids out of lots and streets.

"She was really beautiful with a sweet smile," said neighbor and friend Joy Lee, who lives right next door to the girl's parents.

Friend and neighbor Joy Lee lives right next door to the parents of little

"The mom was holding the baby and a lot of bleeding on her head." Over here," Lee said, referring to the right side of her face.

Close family friends and neighbors say a handful of kids were out playing when a silver Mazda backed up and struck little Jessica.

Two residents say the girl's mother was watching her from a doorway about 20 feet away.

"From what I heard, the child was laid out back on the ground behind the vehicle," a neighbor said.

"I won't back out of the parking space any more. I'm going to back into the parking space so I can pull out and be able to see in front of me," said neighbor Kelly Goodman.

Goodman calls the accident unfortunate, and says it could happen to anyone.

"I've run over my children's skateboard before not knowing it was back there. It could have been one of them. It could have been somebody else," Goodman said.

ABC 13 attempted to make contact with the owner of the car that struck Jessica, but no one came to the door.

 

 

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