In a pulse-jumping moment on La Espiral in Orinda Tuesday evening an Orinda dad realized he’d backed over his 6-year-old child after losing track of the child while exiting his driveway.
Deputies at the scene said the father briefly lost sight of the child while backing out his car around 6:20 p.m., realizing within seconds that the 6-year-old – who it was believed may have been playing in the driveway – was trapped in the undercarriage.
Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District were at the home in the 300 block of La Espiral in minutes, along with Orinda police officers, who worked to calm the parent while assessing the child’s condition.
Firefighters were able to extricate the child quickly, and examination at a local hospital revealed no serious injury had been done – though there’ll be a good story to tell later in life.
Police Chief Mark Nagel said the infant suffered “minor, non-life threatening injuries.” Officers deemed the incident a frightening moment that ended well.