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AUBURN — An errand-running trip ended tragically Wednesday for an Auburn family whose 2-year-old girl was inadvertently run over and killed by her aunt.
Dior Lavalais died about 4 p.m. at Gwinnett Medical Center after she was crushed by a 2007 Mercury Milan in the driveway of her family’s Talon View Court home, according to a Gwinnett police report released Thursday.
The child, born on Christmas Day in 2009, had accompanied her mother, aunt and two other small children on a short trip. As the family returned home, the aunt suggested her sister exit the vehicle with her newborn child, as they couldn’t comfortably exit the SUV when it was parked in the home’s garage, the report states.
The driver, Adelicia Zenon, 21, was unaware that the two other children in the vehicle, both age 2, had also exited.
“As (Zenon) pulled forward, she drove over a bump that she thought was the raised portion of the garage entrance,” a responding officer wrote in a report.
Zenon and Dior’s mother, Patrice Allen, 27, found the girl underneath the vehicle and called 911. Zenon and another relative loaded the child into the vehicle and drove toward a hospital because they felt she could be treated quicker that way, the report states.
En route, the women met with a fire engine and medical unit on Fence Road, where emergency personnel performed CPR and transported the child for hospital care.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said police have closed the case and will not press charges.