Side mirror hits, kills child

2011-02-27 13:47

Johannesburg - A 3-year-old child died when his head was struck by the side mirror of a car while he stood at the side of a road with his mother in Stellenbosch, said ER24.

Spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the boy was knocked unconscious when he was hit by the mirror of a passing Opel Corsa on the R44 on Saturday.

However, he had died of suspected extensive head trauma by the time paramedics arrived.

The child's mother was not harmed, but was distraught, said Jackson. She was removed from the scene by relatives.

The 30-year-old driver of the car was also emotional at the scene and gave a statement to the police, she said.

  • Mikemcc - 2011-02-27 14:41

    There is no way a wing mirror will hit a 3 year old in the head "while he stood at the side of a road with his mother". A 3 year old is simply not tall enough, so I would imagine his mother was holding him and not paying attention to where the car was.

      03womble1979 - 2011-02-27 14:46

      Could also be that they were on a curb which would make it high enough.

      Bloemmeisie8 - 2011-02-27 16:35

      Good point- SAPA should really sometimes be more specific

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-27 18:02

      @03womble1979, it is a possibility but it would have to have been quite a high kerb. Since the mother was not hurt she must have been standing further away from the road than her child.

      Martin - 2011-02-27 20:42

      According to news in STB, she had the kid in her arms... now think about it, how's this for killing your child?

  • Alyson - 2011-02-27 15:02

    Horrible loss of a childs life, and my thoughts with the little boy's family. But the car did not mount the curb/pavement so how did it get that close to the child. Unless the mother was in the road.

  • Stephen - 2011-02-27 16:25

    Must of been a tall 3yr old..!

  • Joe - 2011-02-27 16:39

    so who was at fault: the kid too close to the road, of the car to close to the curb?

  • willa.duplessis - 2011-02-27 17:38

    This just not make logical sense. How close did the woman stand to the road? Was this car on super big tires? I mean seriously. There is more to this story.

  • moutongw - 2011-02-27 19:12

    How about showing a little humanity, a child lost a life! Society becoming desensitised to human suffering?

      Deon - 2011-02-27 21:39

      I agree. Why blame the mother, farmers, wine etc.?

      Hannah - 2011-02-28 08:59

      @moutongw, this is not an incident we want to see happen again and in the humanistic sense of being intelligent most people who think would want an explanation as to why and how this happened, also a thinking person would want to know how to prevent this tradegy from befalling them in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from such seemingly needless harm. Therefore inquests on this site and speculation are attesting to our need for knowledge and not to be as uncaring as an ostrich and stick our heads in the sand and say "oh sorry for you" as this would seem the most insensitive to the content of the article.

  • daaivark - 2011-02-28 07:36

    AT intersections in Stellenbosch it is common to see women with small babies in their arms begging. They tend to walk between cars. I'm sure this is what happened and it is terrible.

      Hannah - 2011-02-28 08:51

      yes it does sound very probable and they use their children to gain sympathy so as to get money from drivers and then they go and drink it away, unfortunately the last thing on an alcohlics mind is her child. This practise has been deemed against the law but I dont see police arresting or detering the mothers from standing at the robots as a matter of fact they hire other peoples kids to gain sympathy and hence a better chance of more money and it must work as its a thriving business all over South Africa.

  • K_za - 2011-02-28 10:48

    Now you wonder how would the driver be so close? If you consider the possibility that the child was on her hip and she turned around, that would move the child at least 30cm into the line of the car. Scary!

  • maria - 2011-07-31 16:17

    I would like to know if this unfortunate family have thought about suing General Motors. They have told me their mirrors don't fall off their vehicles, rubbish, as both mine have just "popped" out.

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