Police: Elderly man who crashed into toddler said he didn't know what happened

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

A 78-year-old man police said hit and killed a toddler while driving Monday in Buckley realized he had hit a telephone pole, but told officers he didn’t know what happened.

Police chief Jim Arsanto said Tuesday that police had spoken briefly with the man after the crash, and had scheduled a formal interview with the driver and his attorney.

Lincoln Person, 1, was being pulled in a wagon by his father on the Foothills Trail, when the 78-year-old’s truck left state Route 410, traveled about 500 feet down the pedestrian path, and hit the boy before crashing into a telephone pole. The trail runs parallel to the highway, about 35 feet away. 

The driver told police at the scene: “I don’t really know what happened,” and that he “hit a pole,” Arsanto said.

Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, which happened about 2:45 p.m. near state Route 410 and Jefferson Avenue.

The toddler died later at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. His father was not injured, and the driver was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash.

Donations to support the Person family can be made online at http://lincolnperson.mydagsite.com/.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Glacier Middle School Gymnasium in Buckley, at 240 N. C St.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268




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