Jump to content

5 year old killed by car outside school


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

#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 Lagom

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 FeralSis

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 Zahhy

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

.

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


#17 fancie shmancie

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 FeralLIfeHacker

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.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.