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Sheriff: Girl got out of car seat, hit by vehicle

Posted May 17, 2009

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— A 4-year-old managed to get out of her car seat and put the vehicle in gear before it ran her over Saturday morning, Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said.

The girl's mother left the girl in her car seat when she went inside their house 1050 Swann's Station Road to talk to her husband, Carter said. The girl somehow managed to get out of her car seat and put the vehicle in gear. When it started moving, Carter said, she tried to get out, and the vehicle ran over her lower extremities.

The girl was taken by ambulance to Central Carolina Hospital and then flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. The sheriff said she was expected to recover.

Carter said the sheriff's office does not expect to file charges.

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  • familyfour May 18, 2009

    So no parent has ever buckled children in their car seats, then run back into the house to get diaper bags, pocket books, briefcases, or to lock up the house?bulldog...

    Sure....but not left running, and not with keys in the ignition. Not saying it was bad for the kid to be outside of the home in the car strapped in....just not with keys in the ignition....that it was made this particular situation potentially deadly....

    4 year olds have a no fear,and an I can do anything attitude. They do not conceive the dangers that come with the things they "think" they can do.

    Even at home....it is not safe to leave a child unattended...especially children that young. Just old enough to get themselves into some real harm!

  • SEOpro May 18, 2009

    crustyhalo - If we followed that definition, then our children wouldn't be climbing on monkey bars without safety harnesses, riding a bike except in a cleared basement (with training wheels), or riding in cars PERIOD.

    You can avoid EVERYTHING if you live in a plastic bubble.

    A friend of mine was at work and was hit by a work vehicle and killed. Sure it could have been "avoided", but it was an accident. The driver of the vehicle certainly did not intend to kill a fellow worker. Things go wrong, even when you feel you have full control of a situation. That is why people are killed when doing nothing wrong.

  • teacher-mom May 18, 2009

    It is a wonder any children survive.

  • teacher-mom May 18, 2009

    Willow; your children are lucky to have a smart Mom.

  • teacher-mom May 18, 2009

    It is not easy being a parent. However, a four year old should not need much. There should be no diapers, bottles. This is a tragic story. I hope the little girl is okay.

  • Bulldog22 May 18, 2009

    So no parent has ever buckled children in their car seats, then run back into the house to get diaper bags, pocket books, briefcases, or to lock up the house?

    How many arms do you all have that can tote a child (or two) and all of their belongings, along with all of your belongings, lock up the house and not drop anything? Please teach the rest of us how to do this. Because every moprning I see numerous parents in my neighborhood that have to make the choice between leaving the children in the house while they load up the car or buckle the kids in the car and then load up the car.

  • familyfour May 18, 2009

    ONCE my son unbuckled while i was driving last year, I pulled over, spanked him and buckkled him back in, he has never done that again while the car is moving

    lol...that's about how our experience went! My boy always says "can I unbuckle now?!"

  • familyfour May 18, 2009

    I'm not bashing mom.....I'm just pointing out who's responsible here. It's not the four year old.

  • crustyhalo May 18, 2009

    May I correct just a few people..an accident is defined as and described as "unavoidable" event .This incident was avoidable....carelessness on the part of this parent could have resulted in the death of a child.

  • something2say May 18, 2009

    I am glad the child is going to be okay. Maybe we can all learn a little something from this event!

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