Parking lots crowded with holiday shoppers turn more dangerous

LITTLETON, Colo. — After a 2-year-old boy is killed in a busy mall parking lot, police want holiday shoppers to be extra careful when hitting the stores.

This Thanksgiving, the family of 2-year-old Bram Xavier Venn will be missing his face at the table. Early Saturday morning the little boy was hit by an SUV in a Littleton parking lot and later pronounced dead. FOX31 Denver spoke with his grandmother after the accident.

“He just had the world by the horns,” said Kid White-McClure. “God only knows what he could have been in his lifetime, there’s no telling.”

It happened just a day after a 34-year-old woman was hit and run over in a J.C. Penney parking lot in Brighton. She was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

“My heart goes out to the family and family members out there,” said Sgt. Ryan Gallegos of the Lone Tree Police Department.

As parking lots crowd with holiday shoppers, Gallegos said these types of accidents are more common.

“Because it’s more congested there are more, they’re reported a lot more often,” he said.

He urges drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful.

“Keep your speeds down, watch the traffic and make sure that you’re looking at the rear of the vehicles,” Gallegos said. “If you see brake lights on, give them some extra room. Just because the lights are on, that doesn’t mean that they see you.”

Police say if drivers and pedestrians do their part, more families won’t feel the pain little Bram’s family is feeling now.


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