The driver who backed over and killed a 14-month-old girl in Brooklyn Center on Monday has been identified as her father.
Xeng Lor, 31, struck his daughter as he backed up an SUV in the family’s driveway, thinking that she and her two brothers, ages 4 and 5, had gotten out of the vehicle’s way.
Lor’s sister Mai Lor, 30, said Tuesday that all three children were supposed to be inside the house. “Within a glance, everything went wrong,” she said.
Another sibling, an 8-year-old girl, was with the children’s grandmother at the time, Mai Lor said.
Police responded to a 911 call Monday afternoon at the home on the 5400 block of Colfax Avenue N. The girl was dead when police arrived, said Brooklyn Center police Cmdr. Brian Peters.
In a news release Tuesday, police said they believe the incident was an accident. They said it happened as Xeng Lor was moving the vehicle from the garage area where he was grilling.
Mai Lor said her brother and his wife were out preparing for their daughter’s funeral Tuesday. They were waiting for the medical examination to be completed, she said, so they could see her body and set a funeral date.
Police said the girl’s name will be released when the medical examination is complete.
Centralized national data on these types of incidents, commonly known as backovers, have only recently become available. Because most backovers happen in driveways and parking lots, they typically aren’t included in traffic crash data.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nontraffic crash database, which launched in 2009, an estimated 267 people are killed and 15,000 injured nationwide in backovers each year. Most are young children and elderly people.
From 2008 to 2011, an estimated 379 children under age 14 were killed by backing vehicles, according to the NHTSA.
The drivers involved in these incidents are often neighbors or relatives.