OKLAHOMA CITY — An infant girl died in a relative’s driveway Sunday afternoon in southeast Oklahoma City, but the family is disputing the police department’s version of what happened. Officials say Tylor Mckenzie didn’t see his one-year-old daughter, Alanna, and accidentally ran over her with his truck.
The girl died from injuries at the scene. Amber Harp, the victim’s aunt, said Tylor was the first to discover his daughter.
“He came in the house hysterical, screaming,” Harp said, “And that’s when me and her mother ran outside and we found her laying there in the grass.”
Police said after their initial investigation, they believe Alanna died from injuries that indicated she had been run over by a vehicle. They say it was an accident.
Harp’s family disagrees with police on how Alanna died.
“We believe that it was a wild dog that did it,” Harp said, “because of how she looked and how her skin was and there was a hole on the side of her temple.”
The official cause of death is pending at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office. If police are correct, the accident demonstrates the importance of knowing whether children are near your vehicle.
Scott Griffith, a manager at Jackie Cooper Electronics, says backup cameras in a car are a great way to see what’s behind you. So are detection systems that beep when an object is close to your bumper.
He showed us a backup camera that combines both technologies.
“Even up close, it shows your whole body in the screen, so that camera has got a good, wide angle on it,” Griffith said. “If [a vehicle] is moving or somebody’s running by behind you, or moving like a kid would be, then it’s going to beep at you.
“You can see if there’s a bicycle behind you, or a motorcycle is behind you,” Griffith said, “Or your wife or husband parked their vehicle behind you and you didn’t see it.”
Harp said Alanna’s father recently lost his job and the family is struggling to afford a funeral. If you’d like to help, they’ve set up a “Benefit Fund for Alanna Mckenzie” and donations can be made at any BancFirst.