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Toddler killed in four-wheeler accident

Posted April 18, 2010

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— A toddler died Sunday after being struck by a four-wheeler that his father was operating in their backyard, Holly Springs police said.

At about 12:30 p.m., the 18-month-old was hit by a four-wheeler on Bass Lake Road, Police Chief John Herring said.

Witnesses said the child was struck after darting in front of the four-wheeler and that his head hit concrete when he fell.

The child was transported to WakeMed for treatment and later flown by helicopter to Duke University Hospital, where he later died.

Herring said he doesn’t anticipate filing charges in the accident.

More details, including the identity of the victim, haven't been released.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 20, 2010

    Redneck Fun, a traffic citation IS a warning. A warning for the driver to change his behavior or lose his license, go to jail, etc.

    As for "verbal warnings"...what a waste of public resources. And, it's surely reserved for family members, politicians, women with large bra cups, etc. Why bother? Let the judge decide punishment, if any.

  • familyfour Apr 19, 2010

    Again....children are fragile.

    One should never, ever, underestimate the speed and wit of little ones....they have few fears....

    I hate this for the family. One can never really be too careful, and even if one is, mistakes, and accidents still happen.

    I would never want to have to make a punishing decision in a case like that. Whether it is a scratch or death....none of us want our children hurt in any manner....and would never "allow" it if it could have been prevented by anything other than hindsight, or sitting on your rump all day doing not a thing in the world.

  • Adelinthe Apr 19, 2010

    Redneck -

    Sure, we know that. But the only exception here is placing the blame on the victim for darting in front of the ATV, and that victim was only 18-months old.

    So excusing the father is like blaming the baby.

    How's that make sense???

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Apr 19, 2010

    paddie - "Wow, Rev RB and coffeecup. Were either of you two witnesses? Based on the article, I totally disagree that this was anything other than a horrible accident."

    How much you want to bet that father wishes he had seen all of our comments before he took that risk with his child?

    How much you want to bet that at least one person who's sitting here reading all of the comments will now be more careful with their own child.

    If either of those statements are true, then what we've shared has been worth it, even if those who think it was an accident rather than negligence think we're being harsh.

    At the end of something like this, someone has to sit back and think, "How could this have been handled better?" If we don't do that, we're less than the animals for even animals learn if they do something that hurts them, they won't do it again.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Raptor06 Apr 19, 2010

    Terrible accident. This happened a few months ago in my parents' home town when the child fell while riding with his grandfather. I was in the hospital when the father arrived and confronted the grandfather. A very moving situation.

    My prayers to the family.

  • Tiffany2007 Apr 19, 2010

    It was a terrible accident. The father did not intend to run over his own baby. I really feel bad for the family and father. It must be torture for him to know that he killed his own kid. Pray for peace.

  • mpheels Apr 19, 2010

    I agree with a lot of posters here - someone was clearly negligent in this situation. I disagree though that it was necessarily the father. If the father sat the kid down on the porch unattended so he could ride around, then sure, he's responsible for what happened. But what if the father believed in good faith that someone else was watching the child? It's entirely possible that the child was in the care of another adult who dropped the ball, and I'm not willing to dump blame on one person when we don't know all the details.

  • donnaferguson Apr 19, 2010

    My automobile has FOUR wheels.......ATV is the correct term, I believe. Poor little fellow, why was he in a situation to 'dart' in the path of this lethal object? His father is at the least guilty of recklesness, but he has the rest of his life and the guilt that comes with to suffer. God Bless them all.

  • bohica2 Apr 19, 2010

    I wonder how quickly an 18 month old can "dart". Dad is negligent, plain and simple - and should be charged as such. The fact that it was his child that his negligent behavior killed shouldn't mean he's not held accountable for the violation (of common sense). I'm sure he will feel guilt, and rightfully so, but it's the criminal record that warns future employers etc to the reckless nature of the individual - at least at the time of this incident.

  • oldrebel Apr 19, 2010

    "If he ran over another person's child should he still not be charged? I really don't get the "he suffered enough" mentality. Because this time it happened to be his own child then the law doesn't apply?

    When you have kids, it's time to put away your big toys until you can play with them safely with no kids around."

    Totally on target observation. If the kid that got ran over had ben the neighbor's child, would there still be the Greek chorus singing in unison, "He's suffering enough already...he'll never forget this tragedy"

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