Pilot Station Toddler Run Over By Pickup

Alaska State Troopers say a toddler in the village of Pilot Station has died after being struck by a slow-moving pickup.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Alaska State Troopers say a toddler in the village of Pilot Station has died after being struck by a slow-moving pickup.

The victim was identified as 22-month-old Denice Heckman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the truck, driven by a 38-year-old John Tinker Jr., was moving at about 5 mph when it hit the girl. Ipsen says drugs and alcohol don't appear to be a factor, and no charges are expected.

Ipsen says the mother briefly left the child alone on a road that is rarely traveled.

She says both the mother and driver are "understandably devastated."

Pilot Station, a community of about 600, is located on the northwest bank of the Yukon River, approximately 425 miles west of Anchorage.