Child dies in scooter crash in New Braunfels

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by Bailey McGowan / Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 6:17 PM

NEW BRAUNFELS -- Annon Snider, 7, of New Braunfels died Monday after being struck by a pick up truck while riding an electric scooter. 

New Braunfels police said the incident took place in the 2200 block of Stratford Grace around 4 p.m.

Snider was riding an electric scooter and drove in front of a 200 Ford F-250, police said. The driver, a 54-year-old male from Seguin was still on scene. 

Alcohol nor speed were a factor in the crash, police said. The child's family was notified and the body was taken to Doeppenschmidts funeral home. 

"Right now there’s no charges pending against the driver, it just appears to be just an accident," Capt. John McDonald of NBPD said. "I’m not sure who the first caller was I do know that the man that was involved in the crash, that was driving, I do know he stopped there and notified law enforcement."

The New Braunfels Police Department Traffic Division is handling the investigation. 

"The difficult part for parents to judge is you know they’re sold for recreation and kids get on them and they have a lot of fun but a lot of times when the kids go out into the street you find that they’re too young to really realize the traffic laws," McDonald said. "and as a driver in a vehicle they’re not really out there looking for bicycles or bikes coming through the roadway, they’re more focused on what the laws are and if there was a yield sign or a stop sign at the intersection and that’s what you kind of get conditioned as a driver you do every day. So the message would be just to make sure the kids are in a safe area."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said thousands of children are hurt every year in scooter accidents. Between 1998 and 2004, 49 children were killed in scooter accidents, with most being boys and as a result of operator error. 

Snider was a student at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church School. Neighbors called him a bright and happy child. Chaplains with NBPD were at the crash scene. 

Snider's funeral mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the burial following at the church's cemetery. 

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