Car accidentally put in gear runs over child near Sugar Land, deputies say

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Sally Mamdooh - Reporter, Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor

SUGAR LAND, Texas - A car that was accidentally put into reverse Tuesday ran over and killed a child in a neighborhood near Sugar Land, according to deputies.

The crash was reported about 10:20 a.m. on Logan Creek Lane.

Maj. Chad Norvell, of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, said 3-year-old Dia Nebhnani’s father started the car to cool off the interior when the car was shifted into reverse. He said the open driver’s door knocked the child to the ground and the car’s front wheel rolled over her.

KPRC spoke to Dia’s mother, who was overcome with emotion.

She said she is in the middle of a divorce from Dia’s father and she said the girl's father is to blame for the loss of her child.

“Dad was never paying attention to them and now one life is lost. Justice needs to be served,” Dia’s mother said.

Investigators said people at the scene performed CPR on the girl, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

That information differed from the details originally provided by investigators, which indicated that the child’s sibling accidentally put the car in gear.

Investigators said the car has a dial-styled gear stick.

Norvell said investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the home and will download data from the car’s computer to piece together how the accident happened.

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