Two-year-old injured in Waycross accident

A 2-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday when he ran into the street chasing a ball and was

struck by an oncoming sport utility vehicle, said Waycross Police Capt. Danny Hampton.

Edward Nelson Jr. was taken by helicopter to Shands Trauma Center in Jacksonville, Fla., said Hampton.

Awitness to the 1:44 p.m. accident told police he saw the child in a yard in the 1500 block of Bethune Street playing with a red ball. Hampton said the child ran after the ball as it bounced into the street and was hit by a 2002 Ford Expedition driven by Amos McCloud, 58, of Waycross.

After the child was hit, his foot was trapped under the front driver’s side tire of the vehicle, Hampton said.

Hampton said an illegally parked car that was in the street contributed to the accident.

McCloud told police he was driving south on Bethune Street when he saw a 2014 Toyota Corolla parked about 12 inches from the curb and left unattended in front of 1503 Bethune St. Hampton said McCloud was maneuvering around the parked vehicle when he caught sight of the child playing near the roadway. As he approached, he said, the child darted in front of his SUV.

The owner of the parked vehicle, Jerl Wimberly, 45, of Waycross, was cited for improper parking, said Hampton. Officer Robert Benton was in charge of the accident investigation.

An ambulance transported the boy to a parking lot large enough to facilitate the landing of a helicopter not far from the accident site. The lifeflight chopper landed on the grounds outside the Ware County Board of Education central office building, said school officials.

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