BY SASHA HELLER
At around 4:30 p.m., last Saturday, Cameron County Park Rangers were dispatched to County Beach Access No. 5 in reference to an auto pedestrian accident involving an 18-month-old child.
Upon arrival, Park Rangers observed a concerned citizen performing CPR on the unresponsive toddler. Cameron County Parks Beach Rescue arrived at the scene and assisted with CPR.
South Padre Island EMS was summoned and also attempted to recover the child.
EMS then transported the child to Isla Blanca Park for emergency medical evacuation by air. The child was air lifted to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen for further medical treatment. However, all life-saving attempts failed and the child was pronounced dead at 5:26 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered. The driver of the vehicle was detained and later released. Alcohol was ruled out as a contributing factor.
No arrests have been made.