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Police: Texting teen hit, killed toddler

Holton, IN (FOX19) -

The Ripley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident involving a 1-year-old boy.

The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 on Hopewell Road in Holton.

Police say Adrik Hanaway, 1, was playing in the yard with is older sister and brother and went into the road for an unknown reason.

Adrik was struck by a Ford Ranger pick up truck driven by Jonathon Phillips, 19, of Holton, which was traveling westbound at approximately 38 miles per hour.

Adrik was taken to Jennings County Hospital, then flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died.

Phillips told police that he had been texting before the accident, and when he looked down to set his phone down, he realized he had hit something. He thought it was an animal, but he turned around and realized it was a child.

Police say Phillips is distraught, but cooperating with police. Officers do not believe drugs or alcohol are factors. Police say once the investigation is complete, the information will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office to determine if any charges should be filed.

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