WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a truck Monday night, July 13, in Watford City, N.D., and a woman was injured in a separate crash during the law enforcement response.
Graylon Roberts was killed in the crash that occurred around 8:07 p.m., according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The child's father, Otis Roberts, 50, Watford City, got into his 2012 Dodge Ram to move his truck in the driveway, according to the release. The child walked in front of the truck and was struck by the front bumper, knocking him over. The vehicle then ran over the child, who was dragged by the tires for approximately 15 feet, according to the release. The driver stopped the truck when it was discovered the child was struck.
The boy was taken to Mckenzie County Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead, according to the release.
The crash remains under investigation by the state highway patrol.
While responding to the incident, a McKenzie County Sheriff’s squad car was involved in a separate accident in which one person was injured.
A 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Zackary Moran, 30, of the McKenzie County Sheriff Department, was northbound on 12th Street Northeast when he entered the Fourth Avenue Northeast intersection with lights and sirens activated, according to the release. Moran had a red light.
A 2020 Kia Optima driven by Amanda Mitchell, 34, Fargo, entered the intersection with a green light and was struck by Moran’s vehicle on the passenger side, according to the release.
The Kia was pushed into a ditch, causing it to roll once and coming to rest upright, according to the release.
Mitchell was taken to a hospital in Watford City, then flown to Trinity Hospital in Minot with serious, life-threatening injuries, according to the release.
Mitchell was using her seatbelt; Moran was not, according to the release. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
The crash is also under investigation by highway patrol.