Police: Child's Driveway Death Could Have Been Prevented

Police: Child's Driveway Death Could Have Been Prevented

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A sport utility vehicle that rolled over a 4-year-old child and killed her had been having gearshift problems for six months -- a problem that could have been fixed.

Documents filed yesterday in 3rd District Court show the owner of the car told police about the gear problem when police investigated the death of Kyla Lambson on Sept. 23. The owner said the gear shift selector had been failing to move into park for several months, according to a statements in a search warrant.

Lambson, 4, was crushed under the SUV in the driveway of her own home. The car owner, a neighbor, was dropping the girl off after church when the accident occurred.

The driver tried to grab Lambson and pull her out of the way, but couldn't, deputies say.

In the documents the police call the death a negligent homicide.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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