Dad in shock after driving over daughter, 2

2012-11-15 08:36

Cape Town - A Ladismith father is in a state of shock after learning that he drove over his 2-year-old daughter in the driveway of their home.

Annieka Nel later died of her injuries in hospital, reported Die Burger.

Rudi Nel said he got up early on the farm Van Zylsdamme to go to work and saw his little girl Annieka was awake.

“I told her to get into bed with her mother so that I could go to work,” said Nel.

He went to the garage, checked the bakkie’s oil and water and switched off the light, locking the door, got into his bakkie and drove to work.

He heard nothing and was only later informed via radio that Annieka had been hit in the driveway.

“I am deeply shocked. It’s every parent’s nightmare. She was daddy’s little girl.”

Nel and wife Marion also have a 2-month-old baby boy.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-11-15 08:45

    Damn, I cannot think of anything worse than this.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-15 09:03

      This should be painful. May she rest in peace.

      christopher.shining - 2012-11-15 09:06


      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-15 09:27

      This is heartbreaking. Every parents' worse nightmare. Please people, always make sure! Double check, triple check. Make sure they are where you told them to be. I feel for this father and mother, I truly do.

      itcrackpot - 2012-11-15 10:05

      Sad to her this. I hope the parents find peace somehow. Howcome we regard the K53 such an effort? If it wasn't for that I'd have driven over shopping parcels left behind car by parking attendant.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-15 10:30

      What a@@holes are thumbs downing the above comments i feel for these parents and the dads life will never be the same, my deepest condolinces to the famliy

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-15 10:39

      this is so sad and painful RIP little angel, i hope the parents find strength and peace

      Elisha - 2012-11-16 10:28

      Yeah, i agree. So hectic. Nothing could be worse. I would end up in a mental hospital for the rest of my day. RIP to the little girl, and may God grant you with peace through this traumatic event!

      vuyisan - 2012-11-16 11:54

      I pray God give the farther the strength to mourn and cope with the pain, I can't start imagining what this guy is going through. I almost cried last night when I saw this article

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-16 17:36

      Shame man, that poor family. Can't even imagine it.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 08:56

    My heartfelt condolences to the Nel family . I know how wrecked I would be if it had happened to me . Our kids are what helps us cope in this world full of challenges . R.I.P little angel , gone too soon .

  • uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-11-15 09:00

    omg. thats horrible!

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-15 09:07

    This is why i triple check the whereabouts of our toddlers before i reverse and then I reverse at a snails speed.

      chez.kri - 2012-11-15 09:19

      @jcoetzee1975. I think that is what ulandi (earlier comment) was trying to say. I also tripple check that I can either see the child or that the other adults have her and know what I'm about to do. Having said that though, these things happen so very quickly and everyone has an occasional laps of concentration. There but for the grace of God go the rest of us! This man will never be ok again.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-11-15 17:03

      Yes, like you check your gates are locked, the windows are closed and the alarm is on, yet you can still get robbed. Point is, life is not foolproof and as a parent you should be feeling this families grief.

      george.frangs - 2012-11-16 15:39

      Thanks Captain Hindsight....

  • jacques.vanderwalt.5 - 2012-11-15 09:09

    so sorry to read this story, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Everybody make mistakes, yes he could have been more careful but he wasn't, thats why its called a "Tragic Accident"so who are you to throw the first stone??

  • ursula.thyssen - 2012-11-15 09:17

    R.I.P angel...Hope the daddy will find it in his heart to forgive this is something very painful to go through...This is very sad...I have a 3 year old and one due in Jan..and to read something like this breaks my heart..Children will always be children...they walk and go to places told not to...This was an terrible accident...and we cannot blame anyone...Mommy must support in himself...he already died... And to the insensitive remarks..please have respect..accidents happens all the any of us..and we dont know what tomorrow holds for be careful what you say...Condolences to the Nel family...She surely is in heaven!!

      sydney.campbell.7758 - 2012-11-15 09:42

      Ursula, I agree with you 100% accidents do happen. RIP little girl!

      danigisi - 2012-11-16 12:17

      I agree, the other day my toddler managed to slip away from my side and climbed herself into the bathtub...I thank God I noticed straight away and that I'd run luke warm water...these things happen so very quickly, it's not anyones place to judge, I mourn with the Nel family, what a horrible horrible weight to bear for all of them... all those who claim they check 100 times...every time? really? pray you never have an accident that one time you do not...

  • uysliz - 2012-11-15 09:20

    This family needs all our prayers at this very difficult and sad time - This is going to be a very long healing process which will take years - I speak from expereience (not the same incident) as I have also lost a child. I cant imagine how it must feel to be the cause of the tradegy but I can assure you it MUST feel 100 times worse than what I expereienced.

  • anneri.orrenswanepoel - 2012-11-15 09:23

    WHAT A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY!!!! RIP little one.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-11-15 09:29

    It was definitely a tragic accident, but the parents could of been more careful.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-11-15 17:06

      There's that saying, "you can never be too careful" but fact is life is not 100% guarantee that even if you are careful, things happen. Children are clever but they don't understand the dangers of cars and such. Please don't judge this father, you weren't there too see if he was careful enough.

      daleinn - 2012-11-17 08:21

      well done diran, for having the bols to say it out loud !! instead of living in denial! a 2 year old must make sense of being told to go bakc to bed!

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-15 09:31

    Ulandi you are an insensitive cow. To say his wife is useless, is that because she was still asleep with a 2-month old baby in the house - don't think so! Think before you judge! Hope this will never happen to you! God bless this father and family!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-16 08:57

      You know Ulandi one day someones going to rip the carpet from under your feet, being smug is not warranted at such a sad time. To the mum and dad this is such a sad happening and I hope you can find the strength to support each other.

  • mokgadi.mahloborakgoale - 2012-11-15 09:34

    Shame man; this is very sad. May her soul rest in peace and hopefully the father can find a way to accept that this was a freak accident. Wishing him & his family strength.

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 16:47

      Mokgadi , o ka nne wa dirisa surname yame !

  • sydney.campbell.7758 - 2012-11-15 09:35

    May God be with these parents. Cant and dont want to imagine what they must be going through. RIP little girl!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-11-15 09:36

    I'm so very sorry this has happened to you and your wife. Its going to be a long and difficult road ahead to come to terms with this devastating accident. I hope you are surrounded by love and support, and may you find strength and forgiveness for yourself in the future.

  • briana.scott - 2012-11-15 09:38

    Such a terrible thing to have happened, I have mixed feelings. That poor father and family will never recover from something like this. In one moment i can't believe that something like this happened, but then it happens all the time. That poor family. I get self righteous and feel that i would never let that happen - I am sure that father felt the same way. That poor Father. Rest in Peace little Annieka.

  • ulandi.bekker - 2012-11-15 09:39

    Liewe Jesus, wees asseblief saam met hierdie Mamma en Pappa! My hart gaan uit na hulle! RIP

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-15 09:40

    My heart goes out to him. May she R.I.P. So very very sad.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 09:47

    Three years ago my son was 2 years old and baby girl 2 months and before going to work we always made sure he is in the bedroom with his mommy and the baby . Let's all grow up and accept that it is a mistake and the parents are going to need our positive support to get through this . And Ulandi I understand your comment , you are not being sarcastic , you feel for the little for the parents making this mistake . Peace !

  • cuphaythathe - 2012-11-15 09:48

    No one knows time and the day so rest in peace angel

  • Bokrichard - 2012-11-15 09:53

    I have seen some of the comments, judgements and condemnation of this father. I pray that this tragedy does not cross your path in life. My wife had the same experience and I want you to know that she will tell you that she used to judge people when something like this happens - UNTILL SHE DROVE OVER OUR DAUGHTER ON THE DRIVEWAY. You never forget how it happens without asking for it.!!!

      Elisha - 2012-11-16 10:46

      Sorry to hear of your loss man.

  • DinoOneNyn - 2012-11-15 09:55

    RIP little lady. May you family be blessed to stay head strong during this difficult period.

  • avuyile.ramncwana.5 - 2012-11-15 09:56

    I hope they have the father on suicide watch...The guilt might be too much for him to handle though it was an accident.They in my prayers.

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-15 09:56

    That is why accidents are called accidents because no one plans for it, it could happen to any1 most of parents know how it feels not to sleep @ nite cos of the constant needs of the baby let alone crying the whole nite, poor woman needed to compenate her sleep. RIP little 1

  • randallvideographer.adams - 2012-11-15 10:03

    My heart goes out to the parents , so sad!

  • justice.molahlehi - 2012-11-15 10:15

    Does it mean he is going to jail for an honest mistake?

  • wikus.terblanche.7 - 2012-11-15 10:20

    I feel for them, more for him actually.. I would not know how to live after this.. My two year daughter is my life, poor guy really sad.. RIP little one:(

  • achaava - 2012-11-15 10:26

    firstly id like to give my condolences to the family....such a tradegy shud never befall anyone.... 2ndly to all the ppl who dont understnad the circumstances to how this accident happend..i truly hope darwins law of idiocy works for u...if u aint got something positive to say...then dont say anything...and to all the racist(blacks, whites regardless of what racist u r) i wish u bunch wud jump off a bridge than start commenting irrelant the family...deepest condolences

  • amehlonyosi - 2012-11-15 10:28

    This is indeed heartbreaking, may her soul rest in peace

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-15 10:33

    teach your kids never stand behind cars or infront of cars

      irma.white.9 - 2012-11-15 17:12

      True, but really at two years old she cannot know everything. Even if you tell her today the car is dangerous, tomorrow she will have forgotten. We spend our whole lives learning things, surely you cannot expect the parents to have been able to teach this girl so young about the dangers of cars?

      anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-11-18 05:29

      all your thumbs down? its people like these making these mistakes!

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-11-15 10:48

    very bad indeed, I feel sorry for the family. May her soul rest in peace. An accident can happen to anyone, we just need to be cautious all the time.

  • nmamabolo1 - 2012-11-15 10:55

    K53 rule.always check behind n under the vehicle before every trip.Somebody reversed into my bike.Tragic indeed.May her soul be wit angels.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-11-15 17:13

      How do you know he didn't check? I am pretty sure if the daughter was behind the car before he got in this wouldn't have happened.

      nmamabolo1 - 2012-11-15 21:12

      may her soul rest in peace.i jst want to point out precautions tht cn be taken to avoid tragedy lyk this one.the rule say check under the car n we all knw tht if u bent hard enough u hv all four wheels in view n u can't miss those little feet on the other side.dnt make me look bad for pointing out protective measures here.its tragic bt it can be avoided.after my bike ws ran over i askd the guy a ''wht if it ws human being behind the vehicle'' question.

      tracy.musto.7 - 2012-11-16 07:49

      Chrisldren this age are a lot faster then most of us give them credibility for. Concider this - the father goes to the bakkie, checks around (for maybe toys or other items in the way), gets in, puts his seat belt on, checks what he has to do for the day, etc and then carefully, checking behind through his mirrors, etc, reverses out. An adventurous 2 year old can get behind the vehicle in a heartbeat and even with checking all around, would not be tall enough to be seen from the cab of a bakkie. I was a bit older then that when I decided to follow my brother across the road and the driver of a car didn't see me because I was too small. I was hit but not too seriously injured. My brother didn't know I was following him and thought I was playing with the other kids. The driver of the car, an elderly gentleman, never really got over the fact that he hit a child. Things happen. No one can be blamed. Stop looking for blame where there is none.

  • K9LAKHAN - 2012-11-15 10:58


  • david.podile.3 - 2012-11-15 11:33

    eish sorry man this is so sad to lose you loved one's like that.

  • mark.klerk.7 - 2012-11-15 11:44

    This is tragic, but i do have a question... Surely you can feel that you have driven over something? I can feel and hear when i drive over a plastic bottle or even an empty coke can so was just curious as to how he could not have known and only found out when someone called him at work. Like I said, huge tragedy but I am just curious as to know how he could not have picked up on it once it happened

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-11-15 14:54

      Mark, the story does not state how the child was hit, whether it was the wheel or the back of the 4x4. I have driven over a few things before in a 4x4, if it hits the wheel, you will feel it, if it hits the back (like the tow-bar or rear bull-bar, you wont feel a damn thing. Especially something soft. Hope that helps.

  • horlorthompson - 2012-11-15 11:52

    This story broke my heart, accidents can happen so quickly. I pray this little angel rests in peace and that one day her family can live in peace too, they say time does heal but you will never forget. To those that are making rash and insensitive comments, I wish you would put yourself in this mans shoes and think how you would feel if this happened to you and what you would feel reading such comments about yourself knowing how you already feel. The pain this family must be going through is enough and they don't need such horrible comments. Yes, we all try and keep our children safe, no going outside alone, never walk behind a car, look left and right when crossing the road but is this a guarantee that your child is 100 % safe....I think NOT. Accidents happen quicker than we could ever imagine and it is also quite clear the difference between an accident and pure negligence. This was an accident that will most certainly never be forgotten by this family.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-15 12:01

    RIP little one.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-15 15:14

    @ lorain.maseko, I have stopped typing long time ago but please spell my name right next time its not hard ULANDI thank you

      briana.scott - 2012-11-15 15:51

      Who cares?

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-15 19:28

      Ulandi you behave like a Pitbull, still hanging on. You've had your say, now go away, you have caused enough anger and pain for one day.

  • hanneliemaartens.weitsz - 2012-11-15 16:24

    How can anyone thumbs down sympathy comments from caring people???? How sick are you?

  • gary.buynary - 2012-11-15 16:30

    My heart is broken.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-11-15 16:59

    Oh my word, horrible. So sorry Dad, accidents happen and this doesn't make you a bad father. :(

  • weavenlinks - 2012-11-15 17:20

    really a tragedy.

  • mapula.thosago1 - 2012-11-15 17:29

    The wife could have just called the poor husband to inform him about the incident not for him to hear it over the radio.

      sibongile.m.mbatha - 2012-11-15 19:19

      Mapula dat my concern y broadcast such news instead of callin.

      raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-11-15 20:31

      I stand for correction on this but since it is a farm, I think that they are referring to a two way radio communication. This is usually the form of communication.

      Erna - 2012-11-15 20:46

      I don't think it's commercial radio but probably a two way radio which is often used on farms.

      jonelle.nel - 2012-11-15 21:29

      We farm in the area. Since there isn't cell phone coverage we use radio. How about extending some sympathy instead of criticizing actions taken in a nightmare scenario.

  • Daniel - 2012-11-15 17:48

    Heartbreaking...cant think of a worse accident.

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-11-15 18:45

    Shame man :( jissie this is terrible for everyone :( Our lives are so busy these days that these types of accidents will happen as we rush about our day. My condolences to the family.

  • santa.bakoven - 2012-11-15 20:41

    I wish this family strength, light and peace. May time heal these very soar wounds

  • raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-11-15 21:31

    My deepest condolences to the Nel Family and friends. I pray that the lord grants you the strength and courage through this trying times. I also had a similar incident about 23 years ago when I reversed my car over my then 20 month old son accidently. I had a dog with pups that slept in my garage so whenever I reversed I did so very slowly after checking where they were. Unknowingly my son slipped out of the house, all I could feel was the back left wheel go over something, I immediately stopped the car and went to investigate only to find my son underneath the car crying. I immediately picked him up and rushed him to the local hospital. Upon examination all was fine except for some redness on his thighs. I can feel the pain that this dad is going through because accidents like these can happen in a matter of few seconds. Since then I have always reversed my car whenever I parked making sure that the pups and my kids were safe and out of the way. May her soul rest in peace.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-15 21:32

    Some guy who worked at a childrens home in Benoni had a similar accident years ago when he hit a boy while reversing a bakkie.It can happen to anyone I feel for the father of this girl and the family.

  • karen.cigana - 2012-11-15 22:02

    My heart goes out to this family!

  • gesigboekie - 2012-11-15 22:13

    Prayers of comfort 'n strength for the parents, the most horrifying thing to happen to any parent, is to 'kill' their own child accidentally. The same thing happened to friends of mine years ago, he went (respectfully speaking) from a 'bubbly' joker to a 'depressed nutcase'. I really can say, I don't wish this on my worst enemy.

  • gesigboekie - 2012-11-15 22:38

    K53 rules are there for a reason, yes, but, because (well, some of us) are all human and non-robotic, we don't always follow the rules to the T, because we 'believe' nothing like this will happen to us, I bet many of you will do the K53 tomorrow before driving off, but then, we will forget and gradually become complacent again, because, we are only human, made to make mistakes. So, all you who judge this father, just pray and hope it will never happen to you.

  • wendy.barnett.1238 - 2012-11-16 06:19

    Good heaven's. That is the saddest thing. RIP little one. Prayers with the family at this dreadful time.