‘Second time in a week’: Toddler dies after being run over by family car

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Paramedics were unable to save the little girl. (Stock image). Source: Getty.

In the second horrific driveway incident in a week, another toddler has been run over by a family car in South Australia.

Police confirmed the 18-month-old girl passed away in hospital after being run over by a family four-wheel drive in a driveway in Tailem Bend.

Emergency services were called just before 12.30pm on Saturday but despite the best efforts of paramedics, the girl could not be saved.

Investigators from Major Crash later joined the scene.

Shockingly, it comes just one week after a two-year-old boy was run over by the family car in the backyard of a home in South Australia’s capital Adelaide last Saturday.

The young boy, reported to be the youngest of six siblings, was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a four-wheel drive car, despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the toddler.

The sister of the little boy, later named as Tj, spoke out of the family’s grief a few days later in a bid to help them in their time of need.

She created a GoFundMe page following the tragic accident in hopes of raising $4,500 to fund the funeral.

“My baby brother was in a freak accident on the 19th of June and died at the scene,” Chloe wrote. “I would like to help my mother and her partner pay for the funeral as we want to give him the send off he deserves.”

She added: “So please help lay baby Tj to rest. Even a dollar would help. Thank you.”

South Australia Police confirmed the tragic news in a statement at the time, revealing they were called to a property in Angle Vale just after 11.30am last Saturday. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

SA Police also confirmed that the family, who have been described as “inconsolable”, have asked for privacy from the media, however one of the boy’s uncles spoke anonymously to the Adelaide Advertiser following the incident.

“He was Daddy’s boy. He just followed his Daddy everywhere,” the 41-year-old, who did not want to be named, told the local news outlet.

“He was one of those typical toddlers who was full of life and energy. Everyone just loved him. he was so full of joy. He was loveable.”

Some Twitter users have since called for more to be done by car manufacturers to install better technology to prevent such accidents happening.

“So sad – how long until car manufacturers embed an algorithm to prevent these events?” one wrote, while another added: “Second time in a week. This shouldn’t be happening.”

Do you think car manufacturers could do more to prevent accidents like this happening? Have you been following this most recent incident?

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