An Anahuac child died as a result of injuries he received when he was apparently struck by a rolling driftwood log.
Shortly after 3:30 pm today, LaShaun Lovejoy Huff, 3, was with family members walking along the beach near Monkhouse Road in Crystal Beach when a driftwood log shifted and began rolling down a sand dune. The log, described as about 39 feet in length, three feet in diameter, and weighing several hundred pounds, rolled about four feet down the dune before striking Huff.
Galveston County Sheriff’s deputies and Peninsula EMS personnel arriving at the scene used their four-wheel drive vehicles to push the log far enough for them to reach Huff. In spite of revival efforts, Huff was pronounced dead at the scene.
Huff’s grandfather and a 15-year-old sibling received injuries as a result of trying to stop the log from rolling onto Huff. The 15-year-old was taken to UTMB Emergency Room in Galveston for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies at the scene believe the log was lying atop a beach dune line when the group walked by at the base of the dunes. Deputies believe the disturbance of the sand in front of and beneath the log may have caused it to shift, rolling seaward and striking Huff.
Huff’s body is being taken to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.