Sunday, July 15, 2007

Dateline Amsterdam: Child in Car Seat Run Over

This is a terrible tragedy: but a few questions are in order.
A 17-month-old boy died Saturday after a woman accidentally ran over him with her car, Amsterdam police said...police said a group of people was getting ready to go to a wedding...The child's mother had placed the boy in a car seat on the side of the driveway...[another person] got in her car to move it out of the way of another vehicle and pulled it forward, running over the child (full article)
Why, did the police make it a point to tell newsmedia that "no alcohol was involved" --- were some of the people interviewed by police (but not the individuals directly involved in the mishap) consuming adult beverages prior to going off to the wedding? If not, why would police mention it? Perhaps since it was afternoon, they were having wine coolers or something... When you are preparing for a wedding, the last thing on your mind should be getting sloshed. I don't know about you, but I'd just wait until the reception to down a brew or two or more...

Why is a one and a half year old being strapped into a car seat that was placed OUTside the car? There's some lifting going on here. Either the child was very small for his age, or Mom is very strong. Protocol dictates we put the child safety seat IN the car FIRST and strap it securely, THEN we put the child in the seat. OR, in reverse order, take out the child first, then the seat. The only time people take seat + child is in the case of an infant. The darned seats are usually so difficult to properly secure in a vehicle that most people just leave them in place.

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