2-year-old boy struck, killed by mom's van in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday evening after he was struck by his mother's van, police said.

A preliminary investigation found that the little boy ran out to greet his mother as she arrived home in her 2000 Mercury van at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers say it appears the 36-year-old woman hit the accelerator instead of the brake and struck the boy, who was dragged for several feet.

The child's father pulled the boy from under the van and took him to an emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating but released a statement saying, "At this point it appears that this was an accident and a tragedy."