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No charges in connection with death of child struck by vehicle in Davenport parking lot

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – The death of a small child, who was hit by a vehicle in a Davenport parking lot, has been ruled an accident.

Three-year-old Braddock Shovlain died after he was hit by a car at about 3 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016 in the parking lot of All Saints Catholic School at 1926 Marquette Street.

“There was no recklessness or negligence on behalf of the driver of the involved vehicle,” said a statement from the Davenport Police Department.  “The small child approached the vehicle from an angle preventing the driver from seeing him, and then walked in front of the vehicle as the vehicle began rolling forward.  The size of the child, along with the height of the hood of the vehicle and the point of view of the driver, made it impossible for the driver to see the child.”

No criminal or traffic charges will be filed in connection with the accident.

Police were honoring a request from the Shovlain family to not release the name of the driver involved in the accident, the statement said.

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