It has been a horror week for children being run over on their parents’ properties, with two children losing their lives in accidents in just a few days.
On October 8, emergency services were called to an address in Victoria Street, Parkes, where they found an injured three-year-old girl.
The child was trapped under a vehicle after it reportedly reversed over her in a shared driveway.
The child was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The female driver was suffering shock when police arrived, and was taken to Parkes Hospital for treatment and for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Just three days earlier, a three-year-old boy died after being hit by a reversing four-wheel-drive on a central Queensland property.
The toddler had been sitting in a Toyota Land Cruiser while his step-mother was filling up at a mobile fuel tank parked on a property at Morven, near Charleville, about 8am on Monday.
It is understood the toddler managed to climb out of the car, unbeknown to his step-mother.
When she stepped back in the car after refuelling she reversed the 4WD, hitting the little boy.
It is understood the toddler died at the scene.
Both incidents will be investigated by state coroners.
A common tragedy
According to Kidsafe NSW, one child is run over in their own driveway every week in Australia.
They provide the following tips to try to keep your child safe around vehicles.
- Always supervise any children whenever a vehicle is to be moved - hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.
- If you’re the only adult around and need to move a vehicle, even just a small distance, put children securely in the vehicle with you while you move it.
- Encourage children to play in safer areas away from the driveway and cars - the driveway is like a small road and should not be used as a play area.
- Limit a child’s access to the driveway – for example use security doors, fencing or gates.
See more on the Kidsafe NSW website.