A teen got into a running vehicle in a driveway and backed out only to hit a three-year-old in the way. The three-year-old has incurred life-threatening injuries. NBC 41 in Macon reports.
The toddler has been airlifted to Atlanta in critical condition. Police in Bibb County say that the owner of the car pulled into a driveway on Bennell Avenue to drop off food in the early afternoon. He instead of turning off the car and removing the keys from the vehicle, he left the car running.
A 15-year-old-boy got into the car and tried to back it out of the driveway. While backing out, he didn’t see the toddler behind the vehicle and struck him with the car. It is unknown from the story what the relationship of the teen is to the owner of the car or the toddler. Police are still investigating the accident.
Teenagers often long to be a part of the “adult world,” even to the point of engaging in reckless, dangerous actions. That the car was left running and unattended was a recipe for disaster.
There are very few instances when it’s safe to leave a car running unattended. People in Alaska do it to prevent their cars from freezing up, but we’re a long way from there! It doesn’t take long to turn off a car and ensure it’s parked before leaving. Nor does it take long to turn a car back on. Leaving a car running can easily cause an accident like this.
We hope that the victim in the crash makes a full recovery.
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