Colorado State Patrol said the girl was fatally struck by the vehicle at a home near Colorado Springs on Sunday, July 31, while her mother was behind the wheel.
Police arrived at the home after they were alerted of reports of a child being run over by a car in the morning, according to CBS affiliate KKTV.
Officers found the young girl was critically injured and she was rushed to the hospital shortly afterwards. The network reported the girl died of her injuries.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
in 2019, 608 child passengers aged 12 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes across the country while more than 91,000 were injured.
According to an incident report obtained by KKTV, the mother had tried to reposition her vehicle when another car drove by which caused her to brake.
When the mother started to reposition her car again she did not realize the child had run out into the path of the vehicle, police said. She was in the mother’s blind spot when the car started to move, the network reported.
Police identified the driver as a 27-year-old, but they did not release her name. Drugs and alcohol were not believed to have been involved in the tragedy.
There have been numerous cases where drivers have killed children while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Earlier in 2022, a 4-year-old girl and another child, aged 5, were killed and seriously injured respectively in a playground car crash.
The crash happened when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee went off the road near East Magnolia Street in Arcadia, Florida, back in March.
A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release said the SUV had struck several things before it reached the playground of a preschool.
FHP troopers added in the report that two children were hit by the vehicle before it came to a halt when it crashed into a tree.
Officers said the 4-year-old girl was taken to the Gulf Coast Hospital for treatment, but that she died of her injuries shortly after she arrived.
The 5-year-old girl was treated at DeSoto Memorial Hospital after she was taken there in a serious condition.