Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 31, 2012

SUV hits 7 pedestrians, kills 18-month-old in Va.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — An 18-month-old child is dead and six other people are being treated for injuries after a sport utility vehicle ran off the road and hit them.

Virginia State Police say the 16-year-old male driver is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He wasn't identified because he is a juvenile.

The accident occurred around 8 a.m. Friday morning in a subdivision just outside Harrisonburg.

State police say the teenager lost control of a Jeep and ran off the right side of the road. The SUV hit two adults and five children, including the 18-month-old.

The victims were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions weren't immediately available. The driver wasn't injured.

The victims' names haven't been released.

The investigation is continuing.

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