Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 24, 2012

Michigan: 4-year-old boy killed while riding tricycle

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A four-year-old boy who was “never unhappy,” was struck and killed by a motorist while riding his tricycle along a roadside. He was accompanied by his grandmother at the time of the accident.

"The grandma and the child were off the road and were facing traffic as they should have been," Detective Lt. Clint Kerr said. "They did nothing illegal or incorrect."

Gavin Punter, 4, was staying with his grandparents, Harold and Gertrude Punter, at an RV park near Lake Leelanau enjoying a brief summer vacation with them, when the accident happened.

The boy and the tricycle he was pedaling was struck by a car driven by a 62-year-old woman whose car left the roadway and drove over onto the shoulder.

"We're convinced by evidence at the scene that she was in fact off the roadway when she struck the boy," Kerr said. The boy’s grandmother was not hit.

The detective said a report will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review. A blood draw was taken, but authorities don't suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.

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Details for this story were provided by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

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