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Weather, rain and height linked to toddler death, police say

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Taylor Cook has a heavy heart today. He feels for his neighbor and friend Robert Huiel, the man police said ran over his own grandson, 4-year-old Messiah Huiel.

"It hurt the family real good because they are good people, and it tore Robert up. They had to put him in the hospital," said Cook.

Investigators said the little boy ran out of the house hoping to go with his grandpa, who was leaving in his SUV.

But police said rain, darkness and Messiah Huiel's height made it impossible for Robert Huiel to see his grandson.

"He ran out the house, ran on the driver's side calling for his papa. Messiah probably wanted to get in the truck with Robert, but Robert didn't see him because the SUV is so high. It was an accident," said James Lovelace, a neighbor and friend of Robert Huiel.

"That is rough. That's a hard pill to swallow there you know? Especially with it being your grandson. I can't imagine what his father is going through let alone his granddaddy,"

Neighbors said Robert Huiel and Messiah Huiel were two peas in a pod.

"He was crazy about his little grandboy because everywhere he went he took his grandboy with him, and you see them all the time riding by together. Messiah was crazy about his granddad," said Lovelace.

The death of Messiah Huiel is a crippling blow Robert Huiel will have to deal with for the rest of his life.

"We are praying for them. We all are praying for them around here because this is a close nit neighborhood," said Cook.

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