Girl dies after being run over

Ice cream van strikes, kills toddler

NORCROSS - A Norcross family is mourning the loss of a 2-year-old girl who was run over by an ice cream van Monday outside her Norcross home.

Rogelio Tapia said his family - a wife, son and daughter - had just walked outside his home on Westberry Lane about 5 p.m. Monday to purchase some ice cream when the accident occurred. The van driver stopped and sold ice cream to several children.

The 2-year-old, Diana Marta Tapia, reportedly took her ice cream and walked to the front of the van, where she leaned against the driver's side front bumper to eat it. Unaware that Diana was there, the driver of the van pulled forward and accidentally ran over her, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Diana was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the van, 45-year-old Joseph Akin Gbolahan of Norcross, has been fully cooperative with investigators, Moloney said. He has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

"There was no outward manifestations that the driver was impaired; however, test results are pending," said Moloney, who added the investigation is still active.