A father who accidentally ran over his toddler son twice in his driveway was texting at the time of the incident, according to police.
Trenton Cook, 24, has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle and failing to exercise due care, both misdemeanors, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.
Columbus police Officer Chad Daugherty testified during Cook’s preliminary hearing Tuesday.
He said Cook waited until his girlfriend’s children went inside to pull into his driveway on May 8. He felt a bump, so he put the car in reverse and backed up – only to feel a second bump.
He discovered he’d run over 22-month-old Zakai A. Cook, who later died in hospital from head injuries.
Officers were originally unsure of how Cook managed to hit his son, when his driveway was level, the weather was clear and the child was wearing a red t-shirt.
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But mobile phone records showed a text message had been sent from the father’s phone at 2:04pm, before a call to emergency services was made at 2:05pm.
Police found no evidence of intent, and public defender Lindsey Brown called it an accident.
The judge agreed and set Cook’s bail at $2,800.