A GROUP of young British tourists were behind the tragic death of a three-year-old yesterday, it has been revealed.
The child, a French national, was struck down in San Pedro de Alcantara.
The toddler died after being hit by a vehicle driven by one of four Brits who had just parked up to retrieve a baseball cap that had blown of the window.
Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to revive the young child, who died at the scene.
The tragedy happened around 2pm on Sunday in the car park at the Casa Rusa Marbella, a commercial centre focused on the Russian-speaking population.
The unnamed driver passed a breath test and was released after giving a statement.
A local investigating magistrate has now taken over an ongoing investigation into the incident and will decide whether to bring any criminal charges at a later date.
The tragic accident occured as the group left the car park near the dual-carriageway linking Marbella and San Pedro.
The dead child’s grandmother is understood to have let the child out of their car seconds before she was run over.
A spokesman for a local emergency services coordinator said: “I can confirm a three-year-old child has died in an accident that occurred on Sunday afternoon in San Pedro de Alcantara near Marbella.
“We were alerted at 2.10pm by a witness.”