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Boy, 3, fatally run over in Stebbins accident

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published January 4, 2016

A 3-year-old child was killed on New Year's Eve in the Western Alaska village of Stebbins after he crawled under a truck and was accidentally run over, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said in a dispatch last week that they were informed at about 2 p.m. Thursday of Dwight Pete's death in Stebbins, on St. Michael Island in Norton Sound roughly 120 miles south of Nome.

"(Pete) was underneath a truck at the store when the owner of the truck got into his truck and drove away," troopers wrote. "The driver felt a bump and observed a child lying on the ground behind his vehicle."

Pete was taken to the local clinic, where he was subsequently pronounced dead. Nome-based troopers who responded to Stebbins said they do not suspect foul play in the incident.

The State Medical Examiner Office in Anchorage will conduct an autopsy on Pete's body.

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