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Two Toddlers Die after Being Run over in Driveways on Father's Day

Steve DyeFather's Day

Father’s Day in the valley was horribly tragic for two families and two fathers.

”Crawling, he was crawling,” Cornia Torres said as she showed off cell phone pictures of 11-month old  Christian Guzman as she and her cousins left flowers and candles near the site of his death.

”It’s hard, but he’s with, he’s in heaven now with all the rest of our family out there watching over us now.”

It was about nine Sunday morning when 24-year old Leon Guzman backed over his son in the driveway with the family SUV.  The young father only wanted to move the vehicle a few feet so he could open a door.

”Unfortunately the child is deceased,” said Lt. Marc Glynn of the Roseville Police Department. Investigators were also shaken by the tragedy.  ”The child is approximately one year old.  We don’t suspect any type of driving under the influence at all. This is just a tragic accident.”

Investigators spent hours on Hickory Street taking measurements, trying to recreate the details of the accident.  ”He heard the lady screaming,” one eyewitness accounts said, as grief hung over the neighborhood like a summer heat wave.  Steve Dye stopped by with his wife and their 4-month old son.  ”It’s heartbreaking.  We have a new baby.  If anything good came out of it, it reminded us of how quickly things can happen.”

Parents share a special bond and this was agonizing.  Across the street from the accident, tears welled up in the eyes of Maria Flores as she talked about a mother's pain.  James Wiese, the father of four, had an emotional talk with FOX40’s John Lobertini after he left a Teddy Bear and a personal note at the Guzman’s front door.  ”We wanted to show our support of our community.  People are having a hard time so, we’re  going to show our support.”

The Guzman’s and their surviving 6 year old son spent much of Sunday in seclusion with family members.

And, sadly this tragedy repeated itself in Stockton.  There a father reportedly ran over his 18-month old daughter; and she later died at a local hospital.  It too, is believed to be nothing more than an horrible accident.

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