A 4-year-old boy reportedly died after he was hit and run over by a car driven by an 80-year-old woman in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on Saturday, March 19.

On Saturday, March 19, as the 4-year-old boy was crossing a two-lane road, the 80-year-old elderly woman, identified as Akiko Koide, a farmer by profession, allegedly crashed into the toddler and ran him over while she was on her way to do some shopping, Japan Today reported.

The boy, who was with his grandfather at the time of the accident, suffered severe injuries to his head and was rushed to a hospital for immediate treatment. However, while being treated at the facility, he succumbed to his fatal injuries and died at around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Following the incident, the authorities arrested the 80-year-old woman on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in the child's death.

According to police officials, the road where the accident happened is in a rural area with open fields on both sides of the road. There was also a sign posted near the accident site that warned drivers to slow down.

In a similar but unrelated incident, an Alabama toddler reportedly tragically died on Sept. 11, 2021, after his mother's boyfriend accidentally ran over him with a truck in northeastern Alabama, Latin Times reported.

Ivan Alexander Aguilar Jr., a 19-month-old boy from Horton, was reported dead after he wandered out of his Nixon Chapel Road home and was accidentally run over by his mother Lexie Ramirez's boyfriend's truck on Sept. 11, 2021.

The mother’s boyfriend reportedly moved his truck without knowing that the toddler was underneath. Later, after realizing that the young boy was missing, the couple searched for him on the property, and found the child sprawled under the vehicle at around 9 p.m., Steve Guthrie, Marshall County Assistant Chief Deputy said.

“There was no foul play,” Deputy Guthrie said. “It was just an unfortunate catastrophe.”

No charges were filed after the toddler's death.

Ivan's funeral was held on Sept. 15, 2021, at Memory Hill Cemetery in Dothan. He is survived by his mother, father Ivan Aguilar, three grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

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A 4-year-old autistic boy was reportedly fatally struck by a car on Saturday, Aug. 20, while he was on his way home from his older brother’s funeral in Queens. This is a representational image. UNSPLASH

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