A mother in Cedar Grove, West Virginia left her 2-year-old daughter inside her running vehicle for a moment while she went back inside her house to retrieve a car seat. While she was inside the house, her toddler managed to knock the car into gear causing it to begin rolling. The car managed to roll across an embankment, down a hill, then knocking down a pole before crashing into a house. Luckily the house was empty at the time.
The toddler girl was pulled from the car and checked by paramedics before being taken to a local hospital. No injuries were found on the girl. However, the situation could have been far worse. Between 1990 and 2000, vehicles were the sixth leading cause of death in the US.
Parents are warned to never leave their children alone in a vehicle at any time. Some parents believe that leaving vehicles running will prevent death from overheating, however young children can easily cause a running car to begin moving. It is safer for parents to keep their children by their side rather than left alone within a vehicle. – Summer, staff writer
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