By Todd Unger
COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (WFAA/CNN) - A split second accident left a hole in the hearts of a Texas family and community that will take years to heal.
Now investigators are trying to figure out how a toddler got behind the wheel of a truck and struck his sister.
For the Verde family tragedy came in the way of a white pick-up truck and a 4-year-old son eager to help some of his family move on a Sunday afternoon.
"The little boy got excited, grabbed the keys, went out and the truck was a standard, and it went ahead and started," said family pastor Todd Ogden.
What the boy didn't realize is that his 16-month-old little sister, a girl everyone along Westmoreland Circle called Danny, was in the truck's path.
"The dad and the brother, they still can't understand how that can happen so quickly," said Juan Verde, the girl's uncle.
Collin County deputies say the toddler died instantly. Hours later, the pain of what happened is perhaps just now setting in for her parents and brother.
"The real truth won't hit them until tonight when they don't put her to bed. That will be when the real truth hits," said Ogden.
It was just after 1 p.m. when neighbor Jim West heard it.
"I was in the living room watching TV," he said.
Then he saw it.
"See the baby wrapped up in a blanket," said West. "The thought of that just breaks your heart, they are real good neighbors, I just love 'em to death."
Family members say the parents tried to stop the truck as it rolled out of the driveway but it all happened in just seconds, just too fast.
They are devastated and so too is this community everyone collectively trying to make sense of a loss that's almost too much to handle.
"Human help is not enough, we've got to have some extra help from God above," said Ogden.