A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday night in Alden when his grandfather accidentally ran over the child's leg with a lawn tractor.
The tragic incident was made worse when the emotionally distraught grandfather was arrested after a skirmish with Erie County sheriff's deputies.
The situation unfolded just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, when deputies were called to a home on Creekside Drive, said Capt. Ronald Kenyon, of the Sheriff's Office.
"The grandfather was mowing the yard at his house," Kenyon said. "He didn't realize the 3-year-old was behind him. He backed up the tractor and hit the 3-year-old, causing a serious leg injury."
The boy was treated at the scene by members of the Town Line Volunteer Fire Department and Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance before he was taken by Mercy Flight to Women & Children's Hospital.
"It's serious, but not life-threatening. That's what I've been told," Kenyon said.
"It's still under investigation, but there's nothing to show it's anything but an accident," the captain added. "It's just a tragedy."
Authorities did not release the name of either the child or the grandfather.
The 69-year-old grandfather, however, was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration for what transpired after the accident.
The man was emotional and tried to leave, while deputies were still trying to conduct their investigation, Kenyon said. At one point, the man apparently got into a vehicle and started to drive off into the path of a deputy, Kenyon added.
The incident ended with a physical confrontation.
"I think he was just grief-stricken and obviously emotional," Kenyon said. "He was trying to leave. The deputies were trying to do their job. There was a skirmish, unfortunately, at the scene."
The man was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, where he was released on appearance tickets.