HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - A Lebanon County family had been preparing for a child's birthday; now they're preparing his funeral.
Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said the two-year-old boy was in his driveway in the 400 block of North Market Street, when he was hit and killed by a fuel truck that was backing into the driveway.
Officials said the man behind the wheel was the boy's father, 36-year-old Meryle Ray Sensenig.
Police have ruled this death an accident.
Neighbors the boy died just before his third birthday.
"It's just devastating. We see the children every day," said Marlin Martin, a neighbor.
Martin said he sold the home to the family, and what has happened is heartbreaking. "They're just wonderful neighbors. We're all devastated, the whole neighborhood is," he said.
69 News was told that the father, Sensenig, had come home from work early and was parking the truck. He was supposedly planning a trip, but instead will be planning his son's funeral.
"Just a friendly little boy. He always waved so yes, we will miss him," said Martin.
Police haven't released the little boy's name.
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