CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas Detectives investigating the case of a child accidentally killed by a rolling piece of driftwood should be able to learn how the heavy log gained its precarious position atop a sand dune, authorities said Saturday.
It should be an easy process, Sheriff Freddie Poor said. Anything that s accidental, we determine what happened.
Deputies were called at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to Monkhouse Road and the sand in Crystal Beach, an unincorporated area of the Bolivar Peninsula.
They found a young boy trapped by the log. It was 39 feet long, 3 feet in diameter and weighed several hundred pounds.
The boy s teenage sister and grandfather were injured trying to keep the log from rolling onto LaShaun Rae Lovejoy Huff, 3, of Anahuac. Deputies and emergency workers also used four-wheel drive vehicles to push the log to reach LaShaun but he died at the scene.
Galveston County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Pustilnik ruled LaShaun died of accidental mechanical asphyxia.
His sister suffered injuries to her arm and shoulder but her injuries weren t life threatening, authorities said.
County Commissioner Patrick Doyle, whose district includes the peninsula, said Friday he wanted to know how the log came to rest on the dune by the tide, a beach-cleaning crew or by other means.
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