A heartbroken father was reportedly behind the wheel of a vehicle which fatally hit and killed his two-year-old daughter.

The little girl was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by the car on Sunday afternoon on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

A 27-year-old man who was driving the car, is assisting police with their investigation, Seven News reported.

The toddler was in the driveway of her family’s farming property in Cowell at the time of the incident.

An investigation into the accident is now underway with Major Crash investigators piecing together how the incident unfolded.

It is the second incident in South Australia in the past week after a 15-month-old boy tragically died when he was hit by a car in a driveway at Parafield Gardens in Adelaide’s north.

There are simple precautions that you can take to prevent accidents like this one.

Driver Knowledge Tests provide some important tips:

Simple checks

Ensure an adult or a responsible older child (mid-late teens) is keeping an eye on younger children at all times.

Check behind your vehicle before you reverse.

Make sure your kids are all in the car and belted up (it may sound ridiculous but if you’re stressed, it can be easy to leave a kid behind)
If you are the only adult in the house and you need to move a car, put your children in the car with you while you move it.


If you have them, pay attention to your reversing camera or sensors always.


Gate off your garden from the driveway and if you have guests visitors or a tradesperson visiting, make sure you know where your kids are before they leave.

No Playtime In The Car

The car is not a play area. Don’t allow your kids to play in the car – they could release the handbrake and the car could roll and cause potential harm.


Teach your kids from a young age about the dangers of reversing cars and to always pay attention in driveways and parking lots.

Our thoughts are with the family.

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  • Another tragedy that should not have happened. Seems the more technology we get in cars, the less we use common sense to prevent these occurrences happening. It was rare many years ago for children to be loose around cars. Always held by the hand or up on the hip when a car was moving.


  • It only takes a moment, I feel so sad for this family and I hope the adaddy in particular has the support he needs available for him to deal with this, if he’s anything like my husband is with our Punks he’ll be in a very bad way for a long time.


  • Oh my. What a nightmare. I fear I would never be able to forgive myself. :-(


  • Another tragedy. A split second of inattention is all it takes. Great tips to remind all of us to keep our wits about us when moving vehicles around children.


  • Reversing cameras should be mandatory in cars. Too many tragic accidents.


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