Diatribe: Keep Your Keys In Your Pocket And Your Children Safe.
When our kids were little, we rarely let them out of our sight. Some might say that we were over protective but the truth is our kids were always safe. Fortunately, they enjoyed being with us so it was never difficult to keep a close eye on them. Plus, to our great fortune and eternal gratefulness, they were simply good kids. We were particularly careful with our children when it came to travel.
House Rules dictated that a vehicle’s engine would not be started until every passenger was safely buckled into their seat. Windows were never rolled down without permission and we made a point to agree on what music, if any, we would listen to. We never left the kids in the car unattended and we kept close tabs on our keys. We never gave them to the kids to play with or used them to distract them like we’d seen other parents do. Keys were not toys.
Sadly, parents in Westmore, Texas, about forty-eight miles northeast of Dallas lost a baby daughter yesterday when she was run over by their truck. Moments before the accident, her four-year-old brother got into the truck and shifted the gears into neutral.
“The initial Investigation determined the female child was killed instantly. The family was loading a pickup with items to take to a relative’s house. The truck was backed up in the driveway to a side door to the residence. A 4-year-old sibling of the victim got the keys to the truck and got inside and started it. The father was inside the house getting items to take to the truck when he heard it start. He ran to the door and saw the truck rolling forward towards the neighbors’ fence. He ran after the truck to stop it. The truck rolled into the fence and stopped.” – Collin County Lt. John Norton in a statement to the media.
This is a tragedy beyond my comprehension. Clearly, these children were not supervised to the extent that I would watch my own kids but, without knowing the circumstances of the accident, it’s impossible to place blame. Hopefully, parents around the world will learn from this terrible accident and remember to keep a close eye on their children and their keys in their pockets.
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