UPDATE: 7-year-old dies after being hit by a car while riding scooter

12News has learned that a 7-year-old boy with special needs died Thursday morning after the scooter he was riding was hit by a car. 

It happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Bluebonnet. 

Police say Evan Maurice Villadsen was riding a "Thomas the Train" scooter when he was struck by a Ford Focus driven by an 18-year-old woman from Orange. Police say the car continued for more than 30 feet before coming to a stop, noting the scooter never rolled under the car. 
Viladsen was taken to UTMB Galveston where he died very early Thursday morning after his organs were harvested, according to Shari Pulliam with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He had been on life support and was brain-dead since Sunday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the driver was not at fault and will not be charged because she stopped to render aid. 

The Orange Police Department is continuing to investigate why the 7-year-old and his sibling was out so late unattended in the middle of the road.

The child's father, James Villadsen, of Orange, said that his 3-year-old son snuck out of the back door and Evan followed. He said once he and his wife realized they were gone, they were already at the corner.

Villadsen also said they never let the younger kids play outside alone and he wants people to know hey are not bad parents.

"We have lost our baby and it is the worst thing anybody could ever imagine going through," he said.

Meanwhile, Orange police are also investigating a break- in at the family's home on Bridal Wreath that happened while they were still in Galveston.

Police say a babysitter for Evan's brothers went to pick up some clothes and discovered the window in the back door was broken and the door was open.

Evan's 10-year-old brother told police a Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 had been stolen.


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