2-year-old hit by SUV

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By Jesef Williams

Jesef Williams


A 2-year-old boy was hit by a sport utility vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday night.

Lancaster police say Dana Michelle Sullivan, 26, of Kershaw, hit the boy about 7 p.m. while driving her 2006 Honda Pilot down one of the aisles in front of the supercenter.

The boy was with his grandfather, James Lee Johnson of Lancaster. The two were putting away a shopping cart when the boy got away and darted across an aisle toward their vehicle, said Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Brian Small.

The boy was forced underneath the SUV. Police said someone yelled for Sullivan to back up. At the same time, Johnson tried to reach under the SUV to get the child, and Johnson’s hand was run over.

The boy was treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services on the scene and later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. His condition was unavailable at press time.

Police said the boy was conscious and crying after the incident.

Johnson was treated at the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Dozens of shoppers gathered near the scene to find out what happened.

Mike Sanders had just pulled into the parking lot when the accident occurred. He said he heard the boy’s reaction after the impact.

“He was just crying and hollering,” Sanders said. “I think his leg was (broken).”

Small said he doesn’t believe the SUV’s speed was a factor. No charges have been filed.

“It’s not a situation where you can blame the lady,” Small said. “It was an accident.”