Dad accidentally drives over girl, 2

2012-08-02 12:11

Johannesburg - Pretoria paramedics tried in vain to save a 2-year-old girl whose father had accidently driven over her at the family's home, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to Xander Loubser, manager of Best Care Ambulance Services, he and his team were at the casualty department of the Meulmed Hospital in Arcadia on Tuesday when a woman came running in with her child in her arms, begging for help.

Paramedics tried for half an hour to resuscitate the girl, but she died.

Brigadier Wiseman Mthembu, station commander at the Sunnyside police station, told Beeld that the child's father had turned into the driveway at the block of flats where the family lived, and failed to see his child, who ran behind the car.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

  • nikita.clayton1 - 2012-08-02 12:17

    Just incase the guilt on his conscience wasn't enough! Rest in Peace Sweetheart!

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-08-02 12:30

      It's a formality. The charges will be dropped. The attending officers need to follow the law.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-02 12:46

      One of the worst things that can happen to a parent.

      jowza1 - 2012-08-02 12:52

      condolences to all involved

      Bergie - 2012-08-02 13:21

      Heart-breaking...really, really sad :(

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-08-02 13:48

      shame, this must be the worst thing that can happen to a parent, my prayers are with them and hope they can see this through as a family, condolences to all.

      nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-08-02 14:01

      I shed a tear when reading this, this is so tragic.. May the little angels soul RIP and I hope the father finds a way to forgive himself and heal... This is so sad:(

      rudi.wet.5 - 2012-08-03 09:10

      As a father of a 3 year old daughter I pray that this will never happen to me. I don't think I will be able to forgive myself. May God be with this family through this terrible ordeal. Rest in peace little angel, God will look after your parents...

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-02 12:17

    Absolutely tragic! My heart goes out to the whole family but especially the father who will have to live with this for the rest of his life. R.I.P. little one :(

      Jones.Jacq - 2012-08-03 11:23

      I agree 100% with you. Just thinking of this happening to my child nearly kills me. i dont think i would be able to survive something like this.

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-08-02 12:20

    Omg, That is the saddest thing to ever happen. can you imagine the pain that family is going through.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-03 04:30

      The pain and guit feelings are worse when its somebody's child. May God comfort all those affected by this tragedy.

  • naeem.dollie - 2012-08-02 12:20

    Wow. That must be the WORST thing that could happen to a parent. RIP little girl.

  • grimmister.ree - 2012-08-02 12:21

    Goosebumps... I have a 7 month old son .. no matter how much we try to be careful...accidents do happen. Condolences to the family.

  • Anthea - 2012-08-02 12:22

    When my kids were little this was one of my worst fears. I'm still so conscious of this when I fetch my kids from school: little kids have no road sense and no fear of danger and they do this type of thing.I'm so sorry for the dad, that is not something one ever recovers from.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-02 12:25

    I pray for the family, this is so sad.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-02 12:32

    This is tragic! This can happen SO fast. How does a parent and family recover from this? R.I.P. little one!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-08-02 12:35

    RIP little one xxx

      james.jake1 - 2012-08-02 12:45

      you rather not commented

      david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-08-03 11:53

      james.jerk, you are an utter a#$hole!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-08-02 12:38

    Terribly tragic for both parents and their families. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and guilt this dad will have to carry for the rest of his life. My heart goes out to both parents.

  • thandazab - 2012-08-02 12:38

    My neighbour almost did the same to his baby girl. Yoh he went insane for a minute. He got out of the car took the child from her mom went around the car and gave the child back to the mom n he sat down with his head in his hands visibly shaking! Thank GOD they saw her just in time. I can only imagine the anguish, the guilt and sorrow this man must be feeling. RíP littl angel. And I hope the daddy finds peace and forgives himself someday.

      chez.kri - 2012-08-02 13:35

      I am so paranoid about doing the same thing. i hope to learn from others mistakes and if i have to take the car out the garage i actually lock the front door of the house to make dam sure the children are inside. but still, accidents can happen so easily.

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2012-08-02 12:44

    im very sry for the family and what happened, i hope the best for them, but why is this news... they do the same with cops if they shoot someone

      catherine.e.weedon - 2012-08-03 13:38

      you clearly have no compassion Hein!!!

      thinus.brits.1 - 2012-11-15 11:14

      You can see on your pic you are a dick!!

  • richard.russmann - 2012-08-02 12:45

    Poor guy. He will probably get life in prison, and the real gangsters roam the streets. Why waste court time with cases like this. Bet this docket won't get "lost".

      jowza1 - 2012-08-02 12:54

      lets not get paranoid here richard.what the officer did was formality

  • christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-08-02 12:45


  • Gavin - 2012-08-02 12:53

    Oh man, this is so sad, I wish the family God's good graces during this time of anguish. RIP little one.

  • Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-02 12:54

    Rest In Peace little angel :-(

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-02 12:56

    Strongs father and mother and RIP little one. It really was an accident. Little One, you are playing with the angels now and are a little angel yourself.

  • Happyness - 2012-08-02 13:11

    Oh no!!! Small kids are so innocent and have no sense of danger! Just this morning there was a little boy of no more than 4 happily walking in the middle of the road I was driving on (thank goodness there were no other cars). RIP to the little one and bless the family, especially the father as this was such a tragic accident.

  • jeeves.eddings - 2012-08-02 13:13

    Heart breaking stuff. Really terrible! Our hearts are with you. Ugh. Terrible. Dad must be devastated!

  • Ntsikelelo Shwayimba - 2012-08-02 13:14

    condolences 2 the family, rest in peace lil 1

  • leonard.beckmann.31 - 2012-08-02 13:17

    RIP. Sad story.

  • billyschaps - 2012-08-02 13:22

    How sad and tragic. My heart goes out to the parents, specially Dad. Rest in peace little Angel.

  • vutomi.makhubela - 2012-08-02 13:24

    Rest in peace little angel

  • mokgadi.mathekga.9 - 2012-08-02 13:25

    toddelers are an accident waiting to happen. this is one of my worst fears, including a child drowning is a bucket of water or pulling boiling oil from the stove. At this age anything could happen and it is not anyone's fault. I hope their marriage survive this.

  • jaco.jansen - 2012-08-02 13:29

    This is so tragic. Rest in piece little angel and may the dad find a way and the strength to deal with this tragedy. No parent should ever have to go through this.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-02 13:40

    What a terrible thing. They would open a case against him as a matter of cause but I doubt anything will come of it. This man will be heartbroken for the rest of his life as I think losing a child is the worst but being responsible for the death is enough to drive people to suicide. I do not believe one can ever learn to forgive yourself and my heart bleeds for the father and obviously the child.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-08-02 13:45

    Sorry dad this is terrible newss. I had one 3 year old little naughty fella who deliberately run in front of my car trying to race with it. I stopped and gave him some warm pakslae on his sorry @rse. I bet he wont do it again. Her mom was very furious but I told her to take a hike.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-03 04:14

      What is your mental age ? Your child has no understand between dad, car, pet and surrounding. So do not expect you to comment like this. May family find closure and R. I. P little one.

      RiD123 - 2012-08-04 00:59

      make up your mind... your child is either a he or a she....???

  • Samantha Natasha Smith - 2012-08-02 13:49

    so sad! Rip little girl...

  • stacey.glad - 2012-08-02 13:58

    it happened to my son who luckily survived, it is one of the most traumatic experiences any parent can go through and it took my father-in-law many years to get over the guilt and horror of the day. Little kids are so fast and there is no way you can see them when they run behind a car. my condolences to the family during this terrible time.

  • Steve - 2012-08-02 13:59

    It is the most heartbreaking moment in your life when you suffer the loss of your child. I could never imagine the raw pain and guilt the parent must feel driving over their own child. He will carry that pain and memory forever .my thoughts and prayers are with him

  • zmvulane - 2012-08-02 14:37

    Truly tragic and horrendous story! It's one of the worst things that could happen to a parent and their children! I hope the family finds the strength to move past it!

  • tdshezi - 2012-08-02 15:21

    How terribly tragic. No one deserves this! Deepest condolences.

  • lazarus.mgolozeli - 2012-08-02 15:22

    You cannot wish what happened here even to your worst enemy...May God be with them...R.I.P little girl.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-08-02 16:07

    South Africans still have humility and compassion when I read all the comments. For once, we are in unison. A terrible tragedy for all concerned.

  • nikita.clayton1 - 2012-08-02 16:45

    I realize it's a formality, I just think he's going through enough right now without having to worry about that.

  • anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-08-02 16:59


  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-08-02 18:47

    So sorry for your loss, it was an accident...I hope to God you forgive yourself and find and your family are in my prayers!!!!

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-08-02 21:42

    May God help Dad to get a place in his heart to forgive himself

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-08-03 04:36

    Its a sad story.Condolences to him.God will not punish you.He is love

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-08-03 04:37

    Its a sad story.Condolences to him.God will not punish you.He loves his people

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-03 05:50

    There is no such a thing as an "accident": all collisions involving motor vehicles can be explained, and, - no matter how terrible it is - he failed to keep a proper lookout.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-08-03 06:26

      C'mon Lionel, I'm an HSE professional and I disagree with you. Of course accidents can be explained - that's the purpose of holding investigations. Accident doesn't mean something tha's happened as if out of the blue. Would you be happy with calling it an unintended incident? For me accident is fine. This unintended incident should serve as a lesson to people who live where there are kids. Be always on the lookout. RIP little girl.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-08-03 08:42

      @ lionel - I'll agree with Mlungisi on this one. The father is most likely giving himself your speech, in much harsher terms, in an endless loop inside his head right now, and will do for the remainder of his life. This kind of event often destroys lives irreparably. Were his actions intentional in your mind? Was this outcome part of his plan for the day? You may have heard one of those little corporate speeches on 'accident vs incident' or 'there are no accidents' etc where they try and raise employee awareness and instill in the workforce a sense of accountability etc and to some degree these speeches are well-intentioned and mostly truthful. However, they aren't always considerate of the human factors that contribute to such events. Yes, such statements are good at preventing workplace accidents in hazardous environments, and yes, children around cars often equals danger. Nobody will disagree with you there, but I certainly hope you have not, and don't, experience regret of the magnitude this guy is undergoing right now.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-03 08:49

      @ Lionel: I don't why so many ignorant idiots disagree with your comment. Probably people who don't like children. It's absolutely true - it was an avoidable accident and he DID fail to keep a proper lookout.

      rynoj2 - 2012-08-03 09:23

      @Lionel, Yes it could have turned out better but people make mistakes that’s humans. Unfortunately this happens its just still very tragic. Hope the father will forgive himself one day and the family can get thru this. RIP baby girl. GOD bless

      irma.white.9 - 2012-08-03 11:13

      Lionel and Mike, parents cannot keep an eye out on their family each and every second of the day, and you cannot expect your family to keep in your sight 24/ 7. This father maybe didn't even see his child playing outside, let alone think that she would run out behind his car. He could have very well kept a proper look out, but accidents happen. Do you expect your family to stand infront of the garage or something every day you come home/ leave to avoid this? Are you telling me that not once has your child fallen down the stairs, bumped their chins on a counter, etc despite your being there? Because in my line of work, I see this ALL the time by parents- are ALL those parents negligent? What happened to this family is the same thing, just way more tragic. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!

      pmarthenuissen - 2012-08-03 11:54

      Shame on you Lionel. Your harsh stance is the last thing this poor man needs to be subjected to right now.

      pisciotta - 2012-08-04 00:44

      Lionel - I pray you didn't breed. Your genes should stop with you.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-08-04 00:51

      @mike.bundy.73: I think that disagreeing with Lionel (or with you for that matter) does not make people ignorant and/or idiots. Lionel has a viewpoint and that's ok for him to have it. Others have theirs, that's also ok. So keep the nasty language locked away mate! Regarding the incident, we'll only ever know the details of who did what when where why and how only when (and if) the details of the incident are made public. My point is that while incidents can be explained (as Lionel suggests) it does not mean they cannot be unintended. Unintended incidents for me are what we call accidents. So far it appears that the father had no intention whatsoever of killing his kid and we must assume the incident was an accidental occurence. I don't see any idiocy or ignorance in looking at things from that perspective!!

  • len.murozvi - 2012-08-03 08:10

    eish eish eish

  • Maria - 2012-08-03 08:39

    Just lost my son 4 months back - know how you feeling guys - just tell yourselves it was time for the little angel to depart this world - it's hard I know - You not alone buy the look of the comments above - God bless you and give you strength to overcome this and you will. She's in a safe place now - Dad don't hurt yourself - it was not your fault, no parent in his right mind can kill his/her own child.

  • mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-03 08:46

    Completely avoidable accident by a careless driver, wake up people! Get someone to assist you if you are driving where children and pets are present.

  • ignatiousmarekollemahlokwane - 2012-08-03 09:34

    My deepest condolences to the grieving family. Is a shock to the deceased's parents union, may they all be strong to understand this situation....I also console the father in his shock....

  • justindeklerk - 2012-08-03 09:34

    This must be one of the worst things a man can go through, personally it would break me! RIP little angel, and condolences to the family!

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-03 09:43

    I really feel for this father. I am sure it was just the worst possible accident to happen to any driver, let alone a father. My condolences to the family and praise to the paramedics who tried so hard to resuscitate the little girl.

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-08-03 09:45

    I dont think any parent really wants to go through something like this, its very sad, he will live with the giult for the rest of his life and i dont think he will ever forgive himself, i just hope the mom forgives him for her sanity and she mourns her child with peace in her heart. Even if the charges might be dropped or stick on there is no better way to deal with this kind of tragedy that befallen the family. Rest in peace little one, all you knew about this world was beautiful and angelic, may the angels welcome you in heaven and forgive daddy, it wasn't at all intentional.It was a horrible accident that made your life short. RIP Angel.

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-08-03 09:57

    Shame, what a dreadful thing to happen. A nightmare for the poor dad who will probably never get over it. Condolences to the all the family.

  • lminnie - 2012-08-03 10:06

    This is truly truly sad .... Thing is she was still very young and it was absolutely up to the parent to ensure her safety. Why was she allowed to play in the driveway of a block of flats ???? Anyway ... R.I.P little one.