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Keene girl, 3, stable after being struck by parent’s vehicle in Jaffrey driveway

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

August 07. 2017 1:04PM




JAFRREY -- A three-year-old Keene girl is in stable condition at a Massachusetts hospital after being run over by a vehicle Sunday afternoon.

Laylah, 3, suffered injuries to her lower extremities and possibly her abdomen, Jaffrey Fire Department said in a statement.

Police Chief William Oswalt said Monday morning he was told the girl is in stable condition.

The vehicle involved has been seized and is being examined for mechanical problems, the chief said, noting the investigation proceeds with the help of state police,

The child’s mother, Heather Williams, 34, of Keene, had driven to Carey Road in Jaffrey to visit relatives, Oswalt said. She parked in the Carey Road driveway and as the family exited the vehicle it began rolling down the incline of the driveway. That’s when Laylah was struck, he said.

“It had to be an awful thing,” the chief said.

Police are looking into whether there was a mechanical problem with the vehicle and, if so, how much the parents were aware of it, he said.

The accident happened about 12:44 p.m. and Jaffrey Fire Department was at the scene in minutes. The child was taken by amublance to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough where she was loaded aboard Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s DHART helicopter for quick transport to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

The father, Christopher Williams, 36, of Keene, a passenger in the car, was cited by police for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.


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