Neighbors react to toddler struck, killed on highway

A tragic accident has taken the life of a toddler.

Kentucky State Police say 17-month-old Andrew Love wandered onto Highway 715 in the Rogers community of Wolfe County Sunday afternoon, and was hit by a car.

"Pretty sad thing," said neighbor Patrick Owen. "I heard a big boom, and I came up, and that's when I seen the car and the little boy there..laying there."

Now, investigators are trying to piece together what happened before the deadly accident. At this point, they say it appears the toddler had been left unattended.

Police say 47-year-old James Creech was headed north on Highway 715 just after 4 p.m. Sunday, when police say his car struck Andrew, who was in the middle of the road.

Police say the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members of the toddler say he was not left unattended. They say Andrew was playing in a house, and somehow was able to wander outside as other children were arriving home from a church trip.

A pastor spoke on the family's behalf.

"I know for a fact the children weren't unattended," Pastor Ernest Childers of the Lakeview Church of Truth said. "I had just come down here 20 minutes before. They (family members) were here when the accident happened. I had come home and they called me and told me a terrible thing happened."

Andrew was being cared for by his mother's relatives. Family members told us they are too upset right now to talk on camera.

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