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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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  • The sooner all vehicles are fitted with cameras so you can see children approaching your car as well as warning beeps the better.

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  • Unfortunately the handles on doors are lower than they used to be. Many screen doors can be opened from the inside simply by pushing on the lock which is like a tiny handle to a child….and the door is unlocked. it is usually lower to reach than the actual door handle. I immediately noticed the difference when we moved from a house built in the early 1950s to one built in 2009. Our little one could reach to open the door at the old house but we were shocked to discover he could open the one at the new house. The driver may have thought the toddler was safe inside. I am seriously wondering how many accidents have been caused under those circumstances.

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  • Something no parent would want to go through

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  • Very sad; my sympathies to te family.

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  • So often we hear of children being hit when behind cars in driveways. Lesson to us to always know where the kids are.

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  • Driveways.. They are such dangerous places. We should be extra careful while moving a car there. So young. Poor little one. :-(

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  • Such a tragic story. Really horrible and sad for the family.

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  • This is such sad news to wake to this morning.

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  • This is a really tragic accident, this is why reverse cameras should be a must in all cars. Once years ago I was babysitting my young 3 year old nephew and he managed to unlock the front door and safety screen to the front yard. Luckily I noticed and was quick out there to get him. Supervision is the big factor in these accidents.

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  • These stories are why I get so angry at my husband for leaving the back door unlocked when he goes somewhere. It would only take a second for our son to run outside and my husband in his huge ridiculous 4wd wouldn’t have a hope of seeing him. I feel sick that its so easy to happen.

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  • These stories are just so heartbreaking. I just can’t imagine the pain the family are in right now as well as the suffering of the driver of the car, assuming there’s no drugs or alcohol involved

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