Grandad investigated after toddler dies falling out of car
The Local · 3 May 2016, 12:24
Published: 03 May 2016 12:24 GMT+02:00
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The horrific incident that killed the child instantly happened while he was being driven in the car by his grandfather, aged 55.
His four-year-old sister was also sitting with the boy on the back seat and according to police neither the two-year-old nor his sister were wearing seat belts.
Police say that the child who died had not only not been strapped in, but had also been allowed to crawl around on the backseat where he had managed to open the door and then fall out. The child safety lock had apparently not been switched on meaning the doors could easily be opened by the children.
According to the grandfather, he realised too late that the door had been opened and the boy had fallen out and been run over by the driver behind.
The car had been travelling through the municipality of Vocklamarkt, in the district of Vocklabruck in the state of Upper Austria when the door opened, and the youngster rolled out and under the vehicle driven behind by 54-year-old man.
The driver travelling behind in an Opel Zafira said he had seen something fall out, but have thought it was a ball and had not realised it was a child.
Although an ambulance was quickly on the scene, paramedics could only confirm that the child was dead.
Both the grandfather and the driver of the other vehicle are being investigated on charges of ‘manslaughter while driving a vehicle’.
Local woman Stefan Lalande, 61, said: "I was just going to go shopping when the accident happened right in front of my house, something so terrible is almost impossible to comprehend."
The 55-year-old grandfather was treated for shock at the scene and then taken home where he had to tell his son what had happened. His daughter-in-law was contacted at work and informed of the tragedy.
Story courtesy of Central European News