A 7-year-old boy was dragged under the family SUV after he tried to stop it from sliding down an icy driveway in Richland on Wednesday.
The silver Dodge Journey was warming up at a home in the 1000 block of Allenwhite Drive in Hills West and as the ice began to melt, the SUV started to slide, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
The boy saw it and went behind the SUV to stop it, but it ran over him and dragged him down a hill into the backyard.
His parents called 911 at 8:20 a.m. after finding him.
Cobb said police and fire officials found it difficult to prevent the car from moving while trying to safely free the boy.
“The boy was conscious and engaging with rescue personnel as they worked,” he said.
He was hospitalized but suffered significant leg injuries, said Cobb.