4-Year-Old Boy Fatally Struck by Van After Wandering From Hotel While Parents Slept

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Kiyan Tomlin, a 4-year-old boy from Brooklyn, New York, was tragically killed early Friday after wandering from his Florida hotel room as his parents slept. The little boy with special needs was struck by an oncoming car.

Kiyan was staying at a hotel in Orange County with his parents and left the room after they went to sleep Thursday evening, parents told police.

Sometime before 2 a.m., the boy left the Stay America room and somehow ended up on the John Young Parkway, Inside Edition reports.

At 2:05, authorities were alerted to a fatal crash. The 56-year-old driver said he couldn't see anything on the dark highway before he felt the impact.

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He told police he pulled over and exited his vehicle before he saw Kiyan's body.

"I don't think there's anything [the driver] could have done to avoid this," a spokeswoman told WKMG. "It was dark out here, and you don't expect there to be a child in the middle of the road as you're driving along."

Kiyan was found wearing mismatched shoes, t-shirt and no pants. Florida Highway Patrol followed his footprints back to the hotel, where they found the parents still asleep.

Authorities said they found a chair they think Kiyan climbed onto to unlock the door. The parents were not aware their son had left and police said they showed no signs of impairment.

[H/T Inside Edition]


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