Golden Gate child dies in tractor accident

Father says she fell off tractor and was run over
Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 12:28:16-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- We're learning more about the tragic accidental death of a 5-year-old child in the Golden Gate area this weekend.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation this morning into the incident, which happened in the 2100 block of 16th Avenue SW. The call came in to police just before noon Saturday.

According to the sheriff's office, the child's father told investigators that he was operating a backhoe on their property with his 5-year-old daughter riding on the inside of the fender well to his left. 

The father says he was backing the backhoe up while looking over his right shoulder.  When he looked to his left again, he noticed his daughter was gone.  He jumped from the cab to discover the girl had been run over by the rear tire.

No word on whether any charges will be filed.