Warrick Co. Sheriff’s Office identifies child who died on SR 66

A 4-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car on an Indiana highway Monday morning. (Source: WFIE)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:25 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:54 AM CDT
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Crews were called to a deadly accident Monday morning on Highway 66 in Warrick County.

It happened near Lincoln Avenue.

Officials with the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office tell us a four-year-old died after being hit by a car on Highway 66.

“The younger they are, the harder it hits,” said WCSO Chief Deputy Paul Kruse. “Especially if you have kids of your own.”

They identified the child as Braxton Freeze of Princeton.

Sheriff Michael Wilder tell us the child’s mother was visiting her boyfriend.

He says they were staying at a nearby business when the boy wandered outside in the night while the two adults were asleep.

Sheriff Wilder says when the mother woke up she couldn’t find the child.

Officials tell us the four-year-old ran out in the road and was hit around 4 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle immediately exited the car and dialed 911, where shortly after he began CPR on Freeze.

Freeze was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The family of that child, the driver, to have to deal with that, and also all of the first responders on scene and that took the call this morning; it affects it impacts everyone that touches that incident,” Kruse said.

They say the driver didn’t see the child and couldn’t do anything.

According to the sheriff’s office, they don’t believe that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

No charges have been filed so far, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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