The day after a 4-year-old boy died in a fluke accident at his family’s Escondido church, his grieving parents returned to the site Tuesday to begin planning his funeral.
Santiago Zarate died Monday night about 90 minutes after a golf cart lurched forward and pinned him against a concrete pillar at Church of the Resurrection on Conway Drive, north of East El Norte Parkway.
Santiago was one of three boys playing on a cart parked in front of the Roman Catholic church’s parish hall about 6:45 p.m., police Lt. Tom Albergo said.
The two other boys, who were about 5, probably stepped on the accelerator or somehow bumped it, Albergo said. The cart sprang forward, pinning Santiago.
One of the children in the cart was Santiago’s brother, Albergo said.
The two mothers of the children were just feet away, headed toward the cart to shoo them away from it, when the accident happened, he said.
A number of people were in front of the parish hall for an event, and others were at the church for Mass.
Three or four men ran over and pushed the cart off Santiago, whose birthday was July 19.
His family put him in a car and raced to get him to a hospital. On the way, they stopped at Escondido police and fire headquarters on Centre City Parkway to summon help, Albergo said.
The boy was then taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, then flown to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He died about 8:15 p.m.
The Rev. Ken Del Priore, the parish priest, said he was with the family at the hospital during their ordeal.
“They are strong people of faith,” Del Priore said.
Santiago’s parents were at the church Tuesday morning to discuss funeral services with Del Priore. Services were set for 1 p.m. Friday.
Church staffers use the cart to run errands around the large church campus, and the keys were in it when the boys were playing with it.
Although police are looking into the incident, it is not a criminal investigation, in part because of the boys’ ages.
Albergo said investigators may never know exactly what happened to cause the cart to lurch.
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