The mom immediately carried her daughter inside the house to render aid and call 911 for help. Tragically, the child was pronounced dead in the hospital.
An 18-month-old died on Monday after getting accidentally run over by her mother’s vehicle in the family’s driveway, New York State Police said, reported PEOPLE.
The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. in the driveway on Bull Road in the town of Schuyler in Herkimer County. Schuyler is about nine miles east of Utica. The news release mentioned that the mother and daughter had just arrived home after getting groceries. “The mother was carrying groceries into the house while her daughter was playing on an outdoor playset,” troopers said in a news release. “After taking all the groceries inside, the mother began to pull her SUV forward to park when the child ran in front of the vehicle. As the mother pulled forward, she drove over her daughter...”
18-Month-Old Girl Dies After Mom Accidentally Runs Her Over in Their Driveway While Parking Car https://t.co/P02LpOyLya— People (@people) June 28, 2022
"Upon hearing and feeling the impact," police said she "jumped out and immediately ran to where her daughter was lying unresponsive in the driveway." The mom immediately carried her daughter inside the house to render aid and call 911 for help, police said. Tragically, the child was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica.
State police have not named the mother or child. "The investigation is continuing, no charges are expected against the driver." concluded the news release.
A similar crash took place two months back on April 19 when a 2-year-old baby was also fatally run over while his dad was parking. Although the boy was immediately rushed to the hospital in critical condition, he succumbed to his injuries overnight.
TODDLER HIT: A toddler is in critical condition this morning after his father accidentally ran him over. https://t.co/E0oIx8ffu6— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) April 13, 2022
Speaking to CBS affiliate KOTV-DT, Lt. Steven Florea said: "This isn't the first one like this, unfortunately. This is something that happens and it's just very important that anytime you have children, that you're aware of where they are at all time, especially when you're around a moving vehicle or anything like that."
According to the non-profit Kids and Cars, at least 50 children are backed over by a vehicle every week in the U.S. More than 60% of such backing-up incidents involve a larger-size vehicle. The safety group shared the following recommendations on its website to prevent accidental backovers:
18-month-old girl dies after mom accidentally runs over her in New York home driveway https://t.co/ZNV16zsX4G— PennLive.com (@PennLive) June 28, 2022
1. Use rearview cameras and sensors on your vehicle.
2. Keep home doors locked and install locks at the top of doors in your home so children cannot get outside on their own.
3. Create habits to ensure children are directly supervised every time someone is arriving or leaving the home.
4. Walk completely around your vehicle scanning the area for children and pets prior to moving a vehicle.
5. Do not allow children to play in driveways, cul‐de‐sacs or parking lots unsupervised.
6. Roll down the driver’s side window when backing so you can hear if someone is warning you to stop.
7. Trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure drivers can see the sidewalk, street and pedestrians clearly when backing out of their driveway.
8. Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.