Police in Sioux City say an accident in a west side neighborhood Tuesday night claimed the life of a four-year-old girl. Lieutenant Mark Kirkpatrick says the incident, reported at 6:20 p.m., involved a pickup. “It was indicated to us that a four-year-old child playing in a parking area darted out from behind a car and into the roadway and was struck by this vehicle,” Kirkpatrick said.
The child, identified as Serenity Tweety, was pronounced dead at an Omaha hospital. The driver of the truck, 27-year-old Andrea Tuttle of Sioux City, was not cited. “It looks as though the driver did what (she) could to avoid the accident,” Kirkpatrick said. It’s the second fatality involving a child playing in a street in Sioux City in recent weeks.
A six-year-old boy died last month when he rode a bicycle into the path of a semi. Kirkpatrick says young children shouldn’t be left unattended near busy streets. “Really, we have to keep an eye on these kids,” Kirkpatrick said. “This is a four-year-old child…and they really don’t have the understanding that running out in the street is as dangerous as it can be.”