Toddler sadly dies after being hit by a car in an Adelaide driveway.
A 15-month-old boy has tragically died after being hit by a car in a driveway at Parafield Gardens in Adelaide’s north.
Emergency services were called to a house on Lancaster Avenue just before 5:30pm on Wednesday, reports ABC news.
“The driver of the vehicle, a 49-year-old Salisbury man, was not injured and is assisting police with the investigation into the crash,” a police statement said.
“Major Crash investigators attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances that led to the tragedy.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all involved.
Every parents worst nightmare.
Every year children are killed and seriously injured from being run over by moving vehicles, shares Allianz.
While the majority of these accidents happen on our roads, a significant number occur at low speeds around the home or in non-traffic locations such as car parks and slow roads such as those in universities, hospitals, and schools.
Over a ten year period (2001-2010), 270 child pedestrians aged 0-14 years were killed in land transport accidents (i.e. hit by a moving vehicle).
In the eight year period 2002-3 to 2009-10, 5216 children aged 0-14 years were seriously injured under the same circumstances.
On average, 7 child pedestrians aged 0-14 years were killed each year (of the 10 years) and 60 were seriously injured each year (of the 8 years) from “driveway” accidents (when the vehicle is being driven about the home).
Vehicle accidents happen and often in circumstances beyond our control. Children are at risk around vehicles because they do not have the skills and judgment that come naturally with age and experience. Therefore young, mobile children who do not understand risk are those at most risk of being run over.
Neural and sensory immaturity means that infants and toddlers ‘cannot make any safe judgements about vehicles or the road’.
Parents/carers should assume full responsibility for the child’s safety: the child must be fully supervised when outdoors and should be held when walking in or near traffic.
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