Tragic Accident: 11-Year-Old Boy with Autism Killed by Truck

By Nicole Hegewald

On October 10, 2009, 11-year-old, Devine Justice Farrier, died after being struck near Tukwila International Boulevard in Washington State by a one-ton flatbed pickup truck.  A parent’s worst nightmare became reality as state troopers rushed to route 599 on a call that a juvenile was running into traffic lanes heading northbound. Fifteen minutes earlier, Farrier’s parents had called 9-1-1 reporting that their autistic son missing.

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Boy died in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA

The boy was rushed to Harborview Medical Center immediately after the accident where he was admitted in critical condition, where he remained until his death.

It was said by State Troopers, that the driver of the truck was not at fault. He is not being charged.

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2 Comments

  1. Ro Britt
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This is so sad my 8yr old son has sutism and he just cannot understand how dangerous the street can be.  We have tryed to help him understand to look both ways before crossing but he just don’t get it.

  2. Betty
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I have a 9 year old son with autism. All of us with a child with autism know that this tragic reality could have happened to any one of us. My thoughts are of all those times when my heart stops when I can’t find him or I look away for a second and he’s gone. I am so sad for this family.

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