Father Tragically Runs Over & Kills His 10-Month-Old in His Own Driveway

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This is probably the worst thing you can imagine happening to a parent. A father has reportedly accidentally killed his 10-month-old baby daughter -- by running over her with the family car. How on earth does something like that happen?! Apparently the man was in the driveway doing work on the family's car when some of the household pets got loose. As the man was rounding them up, his baby somehow managed to crawl outside.

Once the unnamed man got all of the animals back inside, he started up the car and backed out of the driveway -- and over his child. A neighbor reportedly heard the man screaming and ran over to see what was going on. The neighbor and the man tried to save the baby, but it was too late. The neighbor says the man kept asking, "How did this happen?"

Many people will be asking the same question -- and probably the police will too. But we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Babies can be incredibly fast -- even at that age. Alcohol was reportedly not involved and no arrests were made. I can't imagine the guilt and horror this man is going through.

This is the kind of thing that could happen to anyone. Parents get distracted and have a million things on their mind. Or you think one parent is watching the kid and the other parent thinks you are. Maybe that's what happened here. Who knows what happened.

But it's important to check behind your car before you back up. Some new cars even come with video cameras for this very reason. Of course, seeing a small baby wouldn't be easy, so it's necessary to check before you pull out. Still ... you can see how checking behind your car every single day until the baby is big enough to be seen in the rearview mirror would be challenging.

Ugh. This is just horrible beyond words. And maybe even more horrible because people might judge this poor father.

Do you check behind your car when you're pulling out?

 

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cmjaz cmjaz

So sad...for them both

Doomy234 Doomy234

How awful! I can only imagine the guilt he must be feeling...

Bloom... Bloomie79

This is the stuff nightmares are made of... I don't think I could recover from an accident like that. So sad for the whole family.

Mamab... MamabearC

I clicked on this story after reading the headline thinking, "W.T.F.?!? HOW does this happen?! Then when I read, "A neighbor reportedly heard the man screaming and ran over to see what was going on. The neighbor and the man tried to save the baby, but it was too late. The neighbor says the man kept asking, "How did this happen?" ....


My heart literally started to ache for this man, this father, who will live with this horrible guilt forever. I feel so extremely terrible for him and his wife. I do not even want to imagine the pain they are going through. I hope they can be there for one another and find a way to continue on...I don't know of I could were I in their situation.They are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.


Since I have to back out of the garage and driveway onto the street, I always look behind me.(I couldn't back up straight if my life depended on it so really, I HAVE to look. Or I wreck.into the garage.or fence.or cars parked on the street next to my driveway.lol) If something were directly behind me and low to the ground I wouldn't be able to see it either though...

nonmember avatar Tonya

This is heartbreaking. I heavily rely on my vehicle's back assist camera and beeper. All vehicles should be equipped with these safety measures.

nonmember avatar jodie

I have heard of a case similar to this years ago. The infant was in her carrier and was placed on the ground behind the car while the family finished loading it up to go somewhere. Each parent thought the other one had placed the carrier in the car before they started backing out of their driveway...

miche... micheledo

So terrible. I think my husband and I both have this fear. I try to always make sure I know where al lfive kids are when I go to back up. In fact, if they are outside, I often have them pile into the van just while I pull out. I just do not know how you could go on after sokething lioe this. Hopefully, for his wife and any other children, they will pull together and get through this and become a stronger, closer family. My prayers are with him.

imamo... imamombygrace

So horrible. A family on our road lost their dd this way. She slipped out the front door as the dad was backing out the driveway and he backed over her. She passed away. My heart goes out to the parents and family.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I do in my car but he probably would not of seen the 10 month old. This is so sad. I cannot even imagine how he feels right now. I get nervous backing out with all the kids in our yard, I go slow but make sure they are all standing in the grass where I can see all their bodies first. That is a fear of mine, running over a kid, we have a TON of kids in our neighborhood, slow and eyes on the road. Poor poor family.

kever... keversole

oh my...couldn't even finish this one. already in tears for that poor man and his poor baby

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