6 year old dies after rolling up automatic window on neck

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A 6-year-old boy who rolled up a car window on his neck has died.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, the boy died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a St. Louis hospital.

His parents donated his organs which allowed him to save four lives.

The incident happened in his great-grandmother's car.

According to Williamson County Sheriff's Captain Brian Thomas, it happened Wednesday on Meridian Road on the Walker's Bluff Winery property.

Captain Thomas says the great-grandmother was behind the wheel as the child was in his booster seat the back seat of the car. The boy started playing with the automatic windows and stuck his head out. The boy somehow rolled the window up on his neck and compressed his windpipe.

Thomas says it happened as the great-grandmother was approaching a dangerous hill and was looking straight ahead, paying close attention to warning signs in the area. She did not see the boy's neck had become stuck.

Before the boy could roll the window back down on his own, he lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

Someone called 911. Paramedics administered CPR, and were able to revive the child. The boy was taken to a St. Louis hospital where he later died.

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