2-year-old run over near beach access five

Beach access five

A 2-year-old girl was run over on South Padre Island Saturday, July 13 at a beach access.

The child ran out in front of a truck just half a mile North of access five, when she was struck by a large pick-up truck, according to authorities.

Cameron County Parks Chief Horacio Zamora said the child suffered a fractured pelvis and is listed in stable condition.

The child dodged in front of the truck, which prevented the driver from seeing her, according to authorities.

Luis Garcia, the father of the toddler contacted Action 4 News and said the 2-year-old was struck by the truck and said "the driver is not the victim here."

The Brownsville family was at the island to spend the day with family from Elsa.

Garcia said he saw the truck's front tire roll over his daughter's body. "I was in shock. We were in shock," he said.

The driver stopped at the scene and emergency responders were notified, according to authorities.

He claims the driver could have been distracted because the truck was quite a distance from where the 2-year-old was. "She didn't run in front of the truck," Garcia said.

The father of the toddler said the 2-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, but is not sure about long term health risks.

The 2-year-old is at a McAllen hospital and will remain on bed rest for at least three weeks, as a result of a cracked pelvis.

No charges have been filed at this time.