Felicity Noelle Karam, 2 year old Wentzville, Missouri girl dies after being struck by ice cream truck operated by Cool Times Ice Cream in ‘freak accident’.
A 2 year old Missouri girl has died after being struck by an ice cream truck over the weekend.
The toddler identified as Felicity Noelle Karam, was struck at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Wentzville, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
‘It’s a heartbreaking incident,’ told Wentzville Police Officer Jacob Schmidt. ‘I can’t help but think of my own family and children. It’s sad all the way around.’
The girl was part of a larger group of children and adults who had just bought ice cream from the truck before she crossed in front of the vehicle, which struck her as it moved forward.
Schmidt said that it was ‘too soon’ to tell if the unidentified man driving will face charges in the fatal incident.
‘We’re still working on that,’ reiterated Schmidt. ‘It’s too soon to tell at this point.’
Come late Monday afternoon, police made announced charges were not anticipated.
The driver, who stayed on the scene after the accident, is cooperating with investigators.
Wentzville Fire Chief John Schneider told KSDK that the girl was taken by ambulance after the accident to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The ice cream truck was not moving quickly at the time and stopped after striking the girl, KMOV reports.
Felicity Karam Wentzville toddler death, ‘freak accident’:
‘She was very spunky, always had a smile on her face,’ Rachel Zeik said of her niece, Felicity Karam. ‘She was unique. She was very independent.’
The aunt called the girl’s death a ‘freak accident.’
In a released statement, the president of the family owned St. Louis-based company Cool Times Ice Cream called the incident a ‘tragic accident’, noting that it left the truck’s driver ‘terribly distraught.’
Reiterated, Stan Stanev, ‘We have never had an accident like this and deeply share in this family’s pain’.
A GoFundMe page was later set up in the girl’s memory.
‘My sister and [brother-in-law] lost their most amazing two-year-old today,’ the website reads. ‘She will be missed by so many. She was the 4th girl out of 5. She was [taken] from us [too] soon by the tragic accident with the ice cream truck. Her smile and personality with be forever remembered.’
Felicity was one of five girls and leaves behind a 4-month-old younger sister and older sisters who are 6, 4 and 3. Her parents Lucy and Andy Karam, declined to publicly comment.