Last week, a 2-year-old Jacksonville, Florida girl died in her driveway when her father backed up his SUV and didn’t see her.
Kainaat M. Umnair was in the driveway at her parents’ home on the Southside, according to an account. It was about 2 p.m. when the little girl reportedly ran toward the car, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The girl’s mother tried to stop her but she had another child in her arms and was unable to catch up with her.
The girl was rushed to Shands Hospital but died from the weight of the vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents in Florida in driveways are the kind of story we keep reporting because unfortunately these incidents keeps happening.
The same day this girl was killed, a two-year-old was rolled over and killed in Fort Worth, Texas. Her mother forgot something inside the house and left her daughter and three others outside in an SUV. A child got into the driver’s seat and put the car in reverse then fell out of the vehicle.
A toddler hit by an SUV last November died after she was run over on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. A 16-month-old boy was recently killed by his father’s SUV in the Northwest Washington area.
Wyatt Bennett was killed when his father did not see him and drove his pickup truck over him.
The unfortunate thing about 70 percent of these cases is that it is a relative who unintentionally kills the child. That is a hurt they will never get over.
The consumer organization, Kidsandcars.org has begun tracking the numbers. Unbelievably, about 500 children were run over and killed over the last five years.
What can we do to stop this insanity?
Kidsandcars.org proposes mandating a rear visibility standard. Whether it’s a widescreen camera that can capture what’s behind the bumper, which you as the driver cannot see, or an audio beeper which senses when someone is behind the vehicle – all of these are good ideas.
So is rethinking giant SUVs. A small person in a large SUV has a blind zone behind the rear car bumper of about 30 to 50 feet.
Walk around the car. Know where the children are. In the time it takes to do these things, a small life can be saved. Our condolences go out to the family of this little girl with hopes that driveway accidents will stop happening.
Learn more about what you can do to say No More to this tragic combination of small kids and big cars. Contact Kidsandcars.org to find out more or get in touch with a top auto accident attorney in Jacksonville at Farah and Farah.