Dad backs SUV over 4-year-old daughter

Full story: Lowell Sun 14
A 4-year-old Milford, N.H., girl remains in critical condition after being struck by her father's SUV while he was backing up. Full Story
Mass Resident

Rockville, MD

#1 Feb 17, 2009
The poor kid and family. That does seem hard to believe though.
Concerned Mom

Haverhill, MA

#2 Feb 17, 2009
Oh My Goodness...a parents worst nightmare!! Every vehicle should have back up sensors built in. This tragedy could happen to anyone! I hope she is ok.
clue

Lowell, MA

#3 Feb 17, 2009
the dad is a loser!!!!!!!!!!lets run him over!!!!!!!!!!see how he likes it!!!!!!!!!!
Mom

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Feb 17, 2009
That poor family, I hope the girl recovers.
Maggie

Boston, MA

#5 Feb 17, 2009
My youngest has a Prius with a built-in GPS that is also a backup camera like thing. All cars should have one of those. If only they were more affordable ( sigh) I do hope the child will be okay.
treehugger

Danbury, NH

#6 Feb 17, 2009
clue, don't be an a--.

My heart goes out to the family
Helen

United States

#7 Feb 17, 2009
one of my worst fears; I never moved the car without knowing my kids were in their seatbelts or seeing them wave at me from the inside window.

scary...sure hope this young girl recovers

Since: Aug 08

Lowell

#8 Feb 17, 2009
Is it me or does this happen more often than not? It's very sad and seems to be so preventable...
parent

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Feb 17, 2009
I can totally see how this happens. The kids don't understand blind spots and that they are so little you can't see them behind the car when you are in the drivers seat (pets too).

You can walk around the car 46 times, but a child running after a ball or a toy or a pet just doesn't understand.

God bless and I hope the whole family is OK.

Since: Feb 08

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#10 Feb 18, 2009
Concerned Mom wrote:
Oh My Goodness...a parents worst nightmare!! Every vehicle should have back up sensors built in. This tragedy could happen to anyone! I hope she is ok.
NO!
Every vehicle doesn't need a back up sensor.
Everybody behind the steering wheel of the vehicle needs to know there surroundings!
Mother Dracut

Dracut, MA

#11 Feb 18, 2009
Thats why i have to watch kids 24/7.... the little one must have run in the back of the SUV..........people try pulling in your driveway or anywhere... its safer when you can just drive out....

even parking lots such as market basket/shopping plaza... find a spot and back in or pull thru so you don't rish hitting anyone..........

I hope the child makes it.....
wooo hoooo

Boston, MA

#12 Feb 18, 2009
That sucks
mtk

Durham, NH

#13 Feb 19, 2009
Are you kidding me. This father has to live with this the rest of his life. Empathize with the guy for a minute.
Hope she recovers
clue wrote:
the dad is a loser!!!!!!!!!!lets run him over!!!!!!!!!!see how he likes it!!!!!!!!!!
Corey

United States

#14 Feb 19, 2009
Ninja Out wrote:
Is it me or does this happen more often than not? It's very sad and seems to be so preventable...
Its the size of the vehicles I think. It's unlikely this kid was sitting down in the driveway and he just went over her. She probably did run out behind him. In a car, that's more avoidable. In a Soccer Tank, it's not.

I used to occasionally borrow a Grand Cherokee, which isn't even that big. In a parking lot, the rear window in even that thing is so high that you cannot see through your rear view where the cars in the row behind you are, never mind a small child. Side mirrors don't cover that spot right behind you either.

For that reason, I don't disagree with backup sensors, or maybe a camera, in the back of vehicles with rear windows over X feet off the ground. But the real issue is how many people driving these things actually need one?

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