One Child Dead, another Injured in Atlanta Food Truck Accident

Food Truck Strikes Children, Killing 1

ATLANTA, GA – An accident involving two boys has left one of them dead.

The incident happened late Thursday night on Eloise Court in southeast Atlanta. The driver of a Dyan Food truck, a convenience store on wheels, had stopped at Eloise Court around 9:15 p.m. Thursday to make the rounds in the southeast Atlanta neighborhood.

Police said the boys were hanging onto a food wagon when the driver started pulling away and ran the children over.

“The driver asked the children to get off the vehicle. He asked the parents to assist in getting the children back,” Capt. Van Hobbs with the Atlanta Police Department said.

Investigators say when the truck started moving the kids jumped off. They believe the driver accidently ran over them.

“One of the parents said ‘You just struck my child.’ He stopped and backed up and that’s when a second child was struck,”

Medics rushed a 10-year-old to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The other child’s great grandmother said a 7-year-old injured his legs arms and back.

People who live in the neighborhood say they sympathize with the parents and the children, but they said they also felt sorry for the driver, who they said is well-liked and has served this community for years.

“The community ought to be thankful that he does what he does because a lot of people don’t have transportation to be able to feed their kids. He provides a service and he’s a blessing to the community,” Rico Eady said.

Police are not releasing the names of the children.

Police said the incident is still under investigation and so far no charges have been filed.

Mobile Cuisine Magazine sends out our deepest sympathies to the families of those involved.


2011-08-12T08:54:35+00:00 By |Off the Wire|

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  1. Maria Aug 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

    So let me get this straight…. This story is about a “convenience store on wheels” and not necessarily a gourmet food truck? How is this relevant to what your website is trying to promote, which is the gourmet food truck industry? Back to the “other” mobile food news website I go.

  2. Administrator Aug 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I’m sorry you feel that way Maria. We provided a story that any food truck owner could appreciate, and keep in the back of their mind when they are driving. Yes we promote Gourmet Food Trucks on Mobile Cuisine, but we also don’t shirk our responsibility to keep the industry up to date on information like this. I hope you will reconsider leaving MCM, but if you do, we wish you the best of luck.

  3. Nikolai Aug 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I thought the article was pertinent, as it’s a reminder of the dangers a gourmet food truck driver must be aware of. Something to keep in mind when we set out each day…

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