An 8-year-old Iraqi boy was struck and killed by a U.S. Army vehicle in an accident in the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, the U.S. Central Command (search) said Wednesday.
The victim was standing Tuesday afternoon with a group of children watching a convoy pass by when he suddenly jumped in front of the vehicle to pick up something, the command said in a statement.
The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, was unable to take evasive action because of oncoming traffic, the statement added.
Soldiers rendered first aid and took the boy and his brother to a U.S. field hospital where the victim died, the statement said.
Tikrit (search) is the hometown of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and is considered among the most tense areas of the country due to residual support for the old regime.