A Rockford family mourns the death of a young child. Police say his mom accidentally ran him over last night.
The pain of loosing 6-year-old Yamiko Key is still sinking in for his family. They say it was a tragic accident that never should have happened.
Last night around 4:45, Yamiko was excited for his mother to come home. She was going to take him to buy a violin so he could begin music lessons at school.
The little boy's uncle says he ran out to greet her in the driveway of their South Chicago Avenue home, that's when the accident happened.
Investigators think Yamiko was standing in the open door when his mom took her foot off the brake. The car went in reverse, knocking the boy down and driving over him.
He was rushed to OSF Saint Anthony Hospital, where he passed away of blunt trauma to the head.
On top of their grief, the family says it will be difficult for them to pay for Yamiko's funeral. The boy has three siblings and hi father is disabled. He was hurt in a hit and run several years ago.
Yamiko's uncle says he plans to start a memorial fund. Once we get that information, we'll pass it on to you.
His brothers also say Yamiko was a very smart child. His request to learn music was evidence of that. He attended Saint James School in Rockford, and was in the 1st grade.
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