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Genoa city boy dies in driveway accident

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published May 23, 2007, 1:15 p.m.)

A 2-year-old boy was killed in a neighbor's driveway Friday, May 18, after he was inadvertently run over by a sport utility vehicle.

Connor W. Hackney, of 680 Blue Bill Lane, Genoa City, died just two weeks before his third birthday.

He was playing in his fenced-in backyard and went through a pass-through gate into the fenced in yard of Jeff and Keeley Weidner's residence, a common practice by the families' children, Genoa City Police Chief Ralph Bauman said.

Connor entered the Weidner's garage, at 688 Blue Bill Lane, through a service door. Jeff Weidner opened the main garage door to pull his truck in just as Keeley, 28, was leaving the driveway in her Ford Explorer. At that point, Connor ran out of the garage and next to the passenger side of Keeley's SUV. He turned in front of the slow-moving vehicle, apparently to head home, without Keeley ever seeing him, Bauman said.

Because of the size of the boy and the height of the SUV's windows, she had no chance to see him, Bauman said.

"This is a horrible, horrible tragedy," Bauman said. "There are no winners. This is just sad for everyone."

Jeff had yelled to try and warn his wife, but the windows were up in both vehicles, Bauman said.

Jeff and Kelly Hackney, Connor's mom, were performing CPR when Bauman arrived, he said. Bauman also attempted CPR. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and were unable to revive Connor. He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head trauma, Coroner John Griebel said.

The death was ruled accidental and there will be no charges, Bauman said.

"I don't know who to feel more sorry for, the parents or the poor lady who hit him," Bauman said. "They're (the families) both devastated. It's an awful thing."

Connor is survived by his parents, Ray and Kelly, his brother, Gavin, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were held Monday in McHenry, Ill.



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