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4-year-old fatally struck on Indiana highway after wandering out at night

The child’s mother and boyfriend were staying at a nearby business, and the 4-year-old wandered outside when they were asleep, officials said.

A 4-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car in Indiana this week after he wandered onto a highway while his parents were asleep, authorities said

The child was hit about 4 a.m. Monday on State Road 66 in Warrick County, the sheriff’s office said.

The boy was staying with his mother and her boyfriend at a nearby business and wandered onto the road as they slept, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The state road runs through a populated area near where the accident occurred.

The driver called 911 to report that he'd hit a child and stayed at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

He tried CPR on the child, identified as Braxton Freeze of Princeton, while being instructed by dispatchers on the phone, NBC affiliate WFIE of Evansville reported.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected, the sheriff’s office said.

The mother, the boy and a sibling were sleeping at the business where the boyfriend worked, Sheriff Mike Wilder said, according to the Evansville Courier & Press newspaper.