BALLSTON, N.Y. - State Police in Saratoga are investigating an accident in which the family's minivan rolled backwards out of a driveway, tragically killing an 11-year-old child.
The accident occurred at the family's home on Blue Barns Road in the Town of Ballston around 3:19 p.m. Monday, killing 11-year-old Lane Rowe.
Police say there were only three young passengers in the 2008 Dodge Caravan at the time of the accident, Lane's siblings: 12-year-old Luca, and his 4 and 2-year-old brothers.
Lane's mother tells NEWS10 she wants her son to be remembered as a hero for saving his young siblings.
Lane's 12-year-old sister agreed. "He saved us and he's our hero," Luca said.
Luca says the accident is still a blur. "Lane came outside and he couldn't open the back door to get in." That is when the van suddenly started rolling.
The investigation revealed that the van was parked on an inclined driveway when it began to roll backwards.
Lane, a sixth-grade student at O'Rourke Middle School, was attempting to stop the vehicle from entering the roadway by getting behind the vehicle to stop it, and was pushed to the ground.
The vehicle rolled into the northbound shoulder of Blue Barns Road, where the vehicle came to rest on Lane.
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District where Lane attended issued the following statement:
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
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