A 7-year-old boy died following a traffic incident that occurred Thursday morning (February 15, 2017) at The Shoppes Nord du Lac shopping center on Highway 21 near Covington.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reports that the boy had been struck by a pick-up truck in the back northeast corner of the parking lot. The child was transported via ambulance to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation at this time.
As is standard protocol involving traffic fatalities, a standardized field sobriety test was administered and the driver, 32-year-old Nathaniel Fornea of Madisonville, voluntarily submitted to a blood alcohol screening. Impairment is not suspected and no citations have been issued at this time.
The identity of the child is not being released due to his age.