Child Run Over In Butler County; Second In Less Than 2 Weeks

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By Catalina Trivino

A 6-year-old boy is in the hospital after his cousin accidently runs him over.

This is the second time in less than two weeks that a child has been accidently run over in Butler County. That cousin is also related to the other child.

James Powell says he hasn't stopped thinking about his 2-year-old cousin, who died last week after accidently being run over by her father. Now, he's the one in the driver's seat in a similar accident.

James Powell says he's faced an emotional rollercoaster since last week. It happened just outside of Greenville, on Snow Drive. Powell says he drove into the driveway...

"The kids were playing football out here... over there. And I thought that was all the kids and I was pulling in and I couldn't see him. And I pulled in here and I went down the hill and I felt something bump right under the car," Said Powell.

That bump was his cousin -- 6 year old, KyDavian Zigler, who was struggling to get out from under the car. That's when Powell called neighbors for help.

Luckily, Zigler is going to be okay. He's at Children's Hospital in Birmingham with a broken leg.

But Powell says it's all a nightmare -- 2-year-old, Taaliyah Wilson, who died last week from her injuries when she was hit by a car is also his cousin.

 

"It's hard to describe. My little cousin just did get killed about two weeks, a week and a half ago. Got ran over. And when that happened... that's all I thought about," Said Powell.

Sheriff Kenny Harden says both of the incidents happening in such a short period of time is out of the ordinary for the county. Both incidents are under investigation.

"A 2-year-old child and a 6-year-old child... it's very unusual. And we hope that these accidents do not continue. This is a tragedy for our community, for the family and for the friends," Said Harden.

With both incidents engraved in Powell's head, he says he's thankful at least one of them is still alive..

"I've been calling and checking in on him. And I'm going to Birmingham tomorrow to see him," Said Powell.

Alabama News Network spoke with Zigler's mother and she says his surgery went well. He'll be staying at Children's Hospital to recover for a week. Wilson's mother says they're in the midst of making funeral arrangements.

No charges have been filed in either accident.

 



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