GORHAM (WGME) — New details have come to light about the death of a 3-year-old boy who died last week when he was hit by a car driven by a 13-year-old.
The family is distraught over the death of 3-year-old William Tinkham. The child’s grandmother is now revealing how that teen got behind the wheel.
State police said last week that a 13-year-old girl got behind the wheel of an SUV in a Gorham mobile home park and backed into the toddler, who was hit and killed.
Monica Kennie, the grandmother of the boy who died, said the child’s mother had left William in his car seat.
She said the 13-year-old neighbor, who the family had befriended, got William out of the vehicle, jumped in the driver’s seat, and put the SUV in reverse.
According to the police investigation, the girl then backed the vehicle up in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent, or aggressive manner.
Police said the young teen hit William, who by then was playing in the road.
The family told WGME they have no idea why the girl decided to get behind the wheel.
Investigators took samples of the girl’s blood for drug and alcohol testing. Those results are pending.
William had just turned 3 last month.
Despite the findings of the crash investigation, no conclusions were drawn as to whether the 13-year-old girl should be charged.
For now, no charges have been filed.