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#1 Peanut

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

This is simply heartbreaking, I feel so terrible for his family and all involved.  Please everyone, take extra care in these last weeks of school.

Article here

#2 bakesgirls

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

The whole situation is just tragic. I feel for his family and every person who was involved, including the ambulance and police officers that had to work at the accident site today.

#3 amabanana

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

How terribly sad for all involved.

#4 Missy Shelby

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:55 PM

Such sad, sad news.

I cannot begin to even imagine how that mother is feeling, it is just not natural that children die before their parents and so unfair that the poor mother witnessed it.

#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

How awful for everybody concerned.

#6 SensibleSis

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

Oh that is just awful...

#7 glasnost

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

Horrible. Just sad beyond words.

I have no idea what caused this tragedy however there is some craziness on the roads at this time of the year. Everyone seems distracted and impatient. I hate driving at the moment.

#8 threelittlegems

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

What an awful tragedy.

We often battle busy roads in the attempt to walk our kids to school. However, it always for dangerous as people are often in too much of a hurry and 1) not looking or 2) cutting in front of our children on their bikes etc allowing little room for our children to make an error.

Obviously I don't know the full story, but I feel very angry towards the driver of the car with the information provided.

How absolutely devastating for the family. I am going to hug and kiss my children now.


#9 dessiesgirl

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:14 PM

QUOTE (threelittlegems @ 11/12/2012, 08:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Obviously I don't know the full story, but I feel very angry towards the driver of the car with the information provided.



What is the information you have that makes you feel angry towards the driver? I feel sick to the stomach at the thought of what this poor family, and the wider school community, is going through, but nothing that has been reported makes me feel anything but sympathy for the driver.

#10 farmgal

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:15 PM

I think it is not our place to comment on the driver involved at this stage.

It is a terrible, terrible thing to have happened and I cried when I heard about it this morning. I could not stop thinking about the poor mother and the little boy all day.

My heart goes out to all involved.



#11 Tonberry

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

What a devastating accident sad.gif

ETRSig

Edited by Tonberry, 11 December 2012 - 07:20 PM.


#12 tres-chic

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

The report I read stated the driver was going slowly and had at least one child of her own in the car.

I am heartbroken for all involved too.

I reguarly battle to get my three kids across the road at school. We have one pedestrian crossing even though the school is on a corner in between three busy roads, and no lollypop person for some reason (very small school). This could have happened to us.

A terrible, terrible tragedy.

#13 Chocolate Addict

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

QUOTE
Obviously I don't know the full story, but I feel very angry towards the driver of the car with the information provided.

What information? That article said she got out of the car, was providing assistance, was clearly distressed and was apparently driving slowly.

For all we know the child may have run out on to the road.

I feel for everyone involved and all that saw it.



#14 threelittlegems

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE (dessiesgirl @ 11/12/2012, 08:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What is the information you have that makes you feel angry towards the driver? I feel sick to the stomach at the thought of what this poor family, and the wider school community, is going through, but nothing that has been reported makes me feel anything but sympathy for the driver.


Because, unless the child darted onto the road at the last minute, or crossed against the lights, then it is the drivers fault and they should have been paying more attention.

I think many people that spend a lot of time as a pedestrian with children, on todays roads, would feel the same.

ETA - you can be driving slowly, but not paying attention, and run over a child, stop and render assistance and be devastated, but it is still your fault!

If the child ran onto the road, or crossed against red lights, then I feel really sorry for the driver too.


Edited by threelittlegems, 11 December 2012 - 07:33 PM.


#15 Chelli

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:26 PM

It is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to all involved. sad.gif

#16 Miranda Grace

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

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Edited by Miranda Grace, 15 December 2012 - 07:52 PM.


#17 fancie

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE
Because, unless the child darted onto the road at the last minute, or crossed against the lights, then it is their fault and they should have been paying more attention.


So by your reasoning, if the driver turns out to not be at fault, we should all get angry with the child and his mother for not paying more attention?

I am a pedestrian - don't drive at all and I notice a great many parents not holding their young children's hands when they cross roads - that is absolute insanity if you ask me.  Whether the street has a pedestrian crossing, traffic lights with walk/don't walk signs or nothing at all, the parent needs to make sure that their children are not able to run out into the traffic.



#18 ani1

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

So sad sad.gif

#19 Chelli

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

I don't think now is a time to apportion any blame in our posts as we do not know the circumstances involved. Please remain sensitive in your responses to this thread as it is entirely feasible that someone affected by the tragedy will be able to see your responses.

Thankyou
Chelli

#20 Mummytoyou

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

Terrible and I would think every parents and every drivers worst nightmare. sad.gif

#21 *maddierose*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

What a terrible tragedy.

Very sad that some here are already being so judgemental without knowing the details.

#22 threelittlegems

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I may have over reacted after having so many near misses with impatient drivers who don't mind risking my childrens lives to get around the corner as fast as they can. Everyone brings their own life experiences into judging the information provided.

We have recently stopped walking to school because of the impatient drivers on the way, so it is a very resonant topic which I feel angry and emotional about at this particular point in time. A flash point for us seems to be that drivers think if we got a five second green man, and start crossing the road, at which point it immediately goes red, impatient drivers think that we should stop in the middle of the narrow road, (with a pram, scooter and bike).

To the point in the last few weeks we had a guy drive in front of us on the crossing, tooting and pointing at the now red flashing man who was green when we started and nearly knocked DS1 off his bike, and a lady in a BMW who drove at us at full speed, and only came to a screeching halt at the last minute and also tooted at us and pointed at the red flashing man. It was green when we started and it is a two lane road, not a four lane highway where you may be expected to stop in the middle!

Anyway, that is the background I am coming from. That is only two major incidents in the past few months, there have been many more minor incidents and I am tired of worrying about my kids being run over. I am one of those parents who holds everyones hand in a carpark and do not let my kids run ahead on the road.

If the child darted onto the road, then I do not blame the driver and feel very sorry for the driver.

Edited by threelittlegems, 11 December 2012 - 07:46 PM.


#23 Chalkie

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

This is such a tragedy, my heart goes out to the family of that precious little boy.

Such a terribly sad tragic accident.

#24 SophieBear

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

So so heart breaking. Such a tragic accident.

#25 cward

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE
Obviously I don't know the full story, but I feel very angry towards the driver of the car with the information provided.


QUOTE
Because, unless the child darted onto the road at the last minute, or crossed against the lights, then it is the drivers fault and they should have been paying more attention.

I think many people that spend a lot of time as a pedestrian with children, on todays roads, would feel the same.

ETA - you can be driving slowly, but not paying attention, and run over a child, stop and render assistance and be devastated, but it is still your fault!

If the child ran onto the road, or crossed against red lights, then I feel really sorry for the driver too.


The road that they were crossing did not have lights or a pedestrian crossing.




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