Boy who suffered from Autism runs from Dothan home but dies before police can locate him
An 11-year old boy suffering from Autism and about to become the target of a police search was killed Friday night when he ran across a busy highway. Houston County Deputy Coroner Ben Earnest identified the victim as Tyler Brown who lived with relatives.
“He was very autistic and had run from the home on Flynn Road about five minutes before he was struck. Relatives notified police and officers were on the way to search for him,” Earnest said.
Before they could arrive Brown ran across Montgomery Highway in front of the Pavilion and was killed. Brown’s home was only about a half mile from where the accident occurred.
“(Passing motorists) tried to stop him as he ran across the highway “Sadly, they were unsuccessful,” said Police Lt. Jeremy Collins.
Collins said the driver of the vehicle that struck Brown voluntarily submitted to a blood test and crash data removal from his pickup truck. He termed the driver “very” cooperative.
Southbound traffic along the highway was reduced to one lane while an investigation was conducted.
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