4-year-old boy with special needs struck by van, killed outside of hotel

4-year-old boy with special needs struck by van, killed outside of hotel. (CNN Newsource / WKMG)

A 4-year-old boy died after being hit by a van early Friday morning. The Florida Highway Patrol says the child, who has special needs, wandered out of his hotel room and made his was into the street.

Authorities say the boy and his parents were staying at the Extended Stay America hotel in Orlando.

According to our CBS affiliate WKMG, the child was able to open the door and walk out of the room while his parents were sleeping.

"We believe that he moved the chair to the door," said FHP Sergeant Kim Montes. "The parent said that as they went to bed around 11 p.m., they put the security lock at the top. The latch that you flip...and the chair was moved towards the door.

WKMG reports that the driver of the van will not be charged. He told troopers he did not see the child in the street.

"Very heartbreaking to see this little boy laying in the middle of the road and the driver is extremely upset," Sgt. Montes said. "We don't think there's anything he could have done to avoid this as it was dark out here and you don't expect a child to be in the middle of the road as you're driving along."

WKMG reports that the victim and his parents were moving from New York to Orlando. They were staying at the hotel while trying to find a home to buy.

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