Toddler dies in driveway accident

2011-12-08 11:00

Johannesburg - A 1-year-old boy was run over by a neighbour and killed in Diepsloot on Thursday, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"The driver reversed over the toddler while backing out of a driveway around 09:00," spokesperson Synock Matobako said.

A domestic worker was looking after the toddler at the time and it was unclear why he was behind the vehicle.

He died from severe head trauma before paramedics could arrive.

Police would investigate.

  • Sharmay - 2011-12-08 11:03


      Go - 2011-12-08 11:15

      RIP - absolutley life shattering for everyone involved .

      naeem.essop - 2011-12-08 19:07

      @Marie - Your stupidity rivals that of an anus.

      Marle - 2011-12-09 09:28

      @naeem.essop - who is Marie ? You anus.....

  • Sharon - 2011-12-08 11:05

    RIP lil one ..........I am sure God called u home for a reason. Sympathies to the parents and families

      teresalerouxlow - 2011-12-08 19:27

      How can people actually thumbs down such a statement ? Are there truly heartless individuals like that walking amongst us? May God have mercy on them.

  • Theresa - 2011-12-08 11:06

    That's so sad.I can't imagine what the driver of the vehicle must be feeling..A very unfortunate accident :(

      Zee - 2011-12-08 14:13

      Agreed Theresa! Think I'll go nuts if this must happen to me. These Thumbs down are just trying to get attention and upset people. Must be primary school kids on holiday and dont know what else to do.

  • Marion - 2011-12-08 11:07

    Tragic. Both for the neighbour and the family. May he rest in peace. This should be a lesson to all of us to remember to check behind our vehicles before we start reversing.

      Anso - 2011-12-08 14:25

      So So sad... kids are so fast, one moment they are here, the next moment they are some where else... Really a terrible accident!!!! RIP baby

  • Janice - 2011-12-08 11:14

    Oh my Gosh! How absolutely awful< accidents happen so damn fast!! Sympathies to the family!

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-08 11:15

    Deepest condolences to the family.

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2011-12-08 11:16


  • Jessica - 2011-12-08 11:18

    Agge no man!

  • Vivian - 2011-12-08 11:21

    Man this is sad, parents need to be more aware and think for little one's that cant think for themselves like this toddler, RIP as this is very sad indeed

  • joanne.stroebel - 2011-12-08 11:22

    Awful thing to happen to everyone involved :(

  • Zion - 2011-12-08 11:26

    This type of accident has happened so many times it has become a nightmare to myself. When parking in a driveway I first check if the coast is clear then reverse in. It makes getting out easier because the driver can see the ground close to the vehicle. A sensor should be designed and fitted to vehicles to warn the driver that an object is behind the vehicle. REST IN PEACE LITTLE ONE.

  • Peter - 2011-12-08 11:33

    Now this is really sad news!!!

  • chrisfourielipman - 2011-12-08 11:38

    This is so sad... The domestic worker & the parents should be charged with involuntary manslaughter

      nokuthandwa - 2011-12-08 13:17

      why the parents?

  • Genesistt - 2011-12-08 11:45

    This is so sad :(

  • Simon - 2011-12-08 11:47

    if the maid was looking after him a case should be opened against her for child negligence as she is responsible and she must suffer the consequence of the law, because what the hell was he doing outside without supervision in the first place

      Marion - 2011-12-08 11:58

      @Simon... this could have happened to many parents. Many children have been run over by their own parents, drowned in swimming pools while parents home, etc., The article says a domestic worker who has to clean house, do ironing, etc., etc., was looking after him. Maybe she was just putting the rubbish out and took him with her. Children can slip out of sight faster than most of us realize. I have no doubt this domestic worker is going through hell right now.

      Monique - 2011-12-08 12:54

      Fully agree Simon. I'm reposting my comment from above: Am I the only one here thinking where the bloody domestic worker was when she was supposed to watch the baby??? wtf man! It's sad but what is even sadder is that the driver of the vehicle will face murder charges now (even though he is innocent)and a mother and father is without a baby because someone wasn't doing their job! Makes me soo angry. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Lee - 2011-12-08 11:48

    OMW how awfull for all involved. A terrible thing to live with and extremely careless of the child minder leaving such a small child on the driveway on its own.

      Esmerelda - 2011-12-08 13:45

      How do you know she knew he was there. Please do not judge before you know all the facts. If you have kids you will know how fast accidents happen. Only the driver of the car will be able to tell if she was there or not. Do not jump to conclusions like that. Not fair!

  • foxiloxi - 2011-12-08 11:56

    God how horrible!!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 12:07

    So Sad. What a Terrible thing to happen.

  • christian.l.nair - 2011-12-08 12:11

    What a terrible life sentence for both grieving parties to bear!

  • Martin - 2011-12-08 12:12

    it must be so hard on the driver.toddler should not be out of sight 24/7.prosocute domestic worker.

  • Ayanda - 2011-12-08 12:17

    Breaks my heart

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-08 12:21

    As much as we sympathise with the family of the victim but the law must be applied without fear or favour. We are in the month of campaign against woman and child abuse! There are many incidents of child neglets that are happening in our society in this week alone this is the second incident where a child was lost in this manner!

  • Franklyn - 2011-12-08 12:29

    similar sort of thing happened to my brother,he leaves early for work so dosnt start his car in case he disturbs the neighbours,he started to freewheel backwards down the drive and felt the bump as the car went over the next door neighbours can be cruel.

  • Zayne - 2011-12-08 12:30


  • thabelorale - 2011-12-08 12:35

    Some people have been to seriously heavy sh*t in life. How can one be able to live with this!! RIP little one.

  • Andrea - 2011-12-08 12:36

    This is too terrible!

  • malcolm.dale - 2011-12-08 12:48

    Oh! Dear Lord how tragic!! My deepest sympathies to all involved. We are often to quick on the trigger when we say "accidents happen" - the absolute truth is they don't "happen", they are caused. There is always a cause to an event occuring - and whilst not looking to apportion blame here especially when it ends to sadly, we need to take cognisance of the cause and take the necessary steps to prevent a recurrence. Once again sympathies.

  • Bob - 2011-12-08 12:51

    This is really sad to read! R.I.P. little fella! This can happen to anyone in an instant! Just a pity the car never had rear park distance control sensors, warning might have saved the toddler.

  • Zion - 2011-12-08 12:51

    Just a note on sensors. Sensors are designed and made to detect almost any type of object. Some work by emitting a high frequency sound and is operated by the echo of the sound. Others emit a light beam and operate on the return beam bouncing back off the object. The best type is the radar which operates despite the type of material it encounters. Such a device should be mounted in the vehicle and mandatory.

  • juan.sander - 2011-12-08 13:05

    Terrible story. I feel for those involved, however i'm not sure why we have to know about something like this. Is this really news????

  • Bevin - 2011-12-08 13:11

    such sad news , my heart goes out to all involved, especially in the festive season , so so sad

  • desirejd - 2011-12-08 13:24

    This is so so so sad!!! Can't imagine what parents must feel now.

  • Bart - 2011-12-08 13:40

    poor baby

  • Esmerelda - 2011-12-08 13:40

    Ag nee, dis verskriklik!!! Rus in vrede seun, God sal mooi na jou omsien!!! Mag die ouers, familielede en vriende troos vind by God. Sterkte!

  • Jason - 2011-12-08 13:42

    RIP lil one - to the domestic worker - where the f*ck were you??

  • Nyiks11 - 2011-12-08 14:02

    "Children should be seen and not hurt" , hao batho a re eleng bana hloko hle Rest in peace mfanagithi

  • Clarissa - 2011-12-08 14:10

    And where were the parents?

  • Zee - 2011-12-08 14:11

    oooooh this is so sad!!!!! condelences to the family. And no, I'm not going to ask any questions (although I have a couple)

  • Raeez - 2011-12-08 14:29

    What a tragedy.RIP Yougster.........

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-08 14:58

    A terrible accident. My condolences to the family, the driver and the domestic worker. Anyone with kids will know that you can't watch them all the time (however hard you try) and all it takes is a moment for something like this to happen.

  • Louise - 2011-12-08 15:27

    R.I.P baby! My heart goes out to the family!

  • nonhlanhla.mlotshwa1 - 2011-12-08 15:41

    I cant believe this story is here becos this lady who was looking after the baby is my helper's sister. From what my helper told me, she is not their domestic worker, the parents asked her to look after the baby as she's not working at the moment. They are all renting in the same house including the person who knocked the kid. The whole incident happened in the yard whilst the baby was playing outside the house.

  • eugene.koen - 2011-12-08 19:00

    Ja waar was die dae dat y gekyk het of jou kat of hond nie onder die voertuig gelĂȘ voor jy gery het nie. Maar nou ja as jy in diepsloot bly het jy net een breinsel en dit dink nie so ver as veiligheid nie. Net nog 'n bees om te slag.

  • Raymond - 2011-12-08 22:13

    So sad to lose a child,,,,any stupid comments about circumstances at the time of loss as this is so attention seeking. Condolences to the family and the tough times ahead.

  • Brenda - 2011-12-08 22:51

    Lots of questions need to be asked here...... my deepest condolences to the parents of this little one.

  • Irene - 2011-12-09 14:01

    I know how we felt when some fool killed our dog by driving too fast, I cant begin to imagine what its like to loose a child that way.

  • Verona - 2011-12-10 08:29

    my condolences to the parents who lost their child. but... number one - never leave your child in the care of a domestic worker, because they are there to work and clean, not take care of your child. number two - and people still say that the K53 is a load of bull... well, if the driver adhered to the K53 that child would still be alive.

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