A 4-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was run over by a car during morning drop off at an Oklahoma City Catholic school, police and church officials said.
Quaid Thomas Dolan, 4, was run over about 8 a.m. during morning drop off at Christ the King Catholic School, said Tina Dzurisin, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of Oklahoma City, said in a statement. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”
Quaid was the son of Sheryl and Brian Dolan and the grandson of Susan and Robert Dolan, all active parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church; he is survived by five older brothers and a younger sister, according to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
The incident occurred at the school’s drop-off area off of Greystone Avenue, Oklahoma City police said. The school is near N Pennsylvania Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said the boy's father was dropping him off about 8 a.m. Tuesday and he was run over as the father pulled away. However, Wardlow said police were continuing their investigation into exactly how it happened.
“Obviously this is a very tragic, unfortunate accident,” Wardlow said.
The father has not been cited for any wrongdoing, she said.
Christ the King pastor the Rev. Rick Stansberry was out of town at the time of the accident, but was notified and immediately changed his travel plans to be in Oklahoma City by Tuesday afternoon.
“The Dolan family are dear to the parish of Christ the King,” Stansberry said. “We will walk with them in their grief and do whatever we can to support them through this difficult ordeal.”
The school notified parents and guardians about the accident and offered them the option to pick up their children from school.
A steady stream of cars drove through the student pick-up area before noon Tuesday as parents arrived to take children home.
Parents could be seen hugging their children and holding their hands.
Nicole Bauske, 34, arrived to pick up her 4-year-old daughter for the day. She said she saw the emergency vehicles arrive when Quaid was run over.
“I think everybody is just really upset,” Bauske said.
Counselors from the St. Joseph Counseling Center at Catholic Charities are available to anyone who might need to speak with them, including to those children who witnessed the accident, church officials said.
Cris Carter, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said in a statement that she spoke to the family.
“This is an occasion of great sorrow for all of us,” Carter said. “My heart breaks for the family, whom we love and appreciate so dearly. Our support and prayers are with them and with the school and parish community, even as we grieve alongside them.”