4-Year-Old Georgia Boy Dies After Father Backs Over Him in Driveway


October 22, 2018

LAMAR COUNTY, GA. – October 15, 2018 (11alive.com) A 4-year-old boy died October 14 after his father accidentally backed over him in the driveway of their Lamar County, Georgia, home. Details of the accident are reported online at 11alive.com.*

Shortly before 4 p.m. on October 14, 36-year-old William French, of Barnesville, Georgia, was in a Toyota pickup truck, backing out of the driveway of his home on Shady Brook Lane. Reports indicate his 4-year-old son darted behind the truck without French noticing. French proceeded to back up and struck the boy with the truck. 

Emergency crews transported the child to Spalding Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office performed an initial investigation, and Georgia State Patrol will complete the investigation. No additional information has been released at this time. 

According to a Fact Sheet from kidsandcars.org, 50 children in the United States are backed over every week because drivers could not see them. More than 60 percent of these back-overs involved larger vehicles, like trucks, vans, and SUVs, and a parent or close relative is behind the wheel in more than 70 percent of these incidents. Usually, they take place in driveways and parking lots. 

The Fact Sheet describes a scenario that often leads to back-over accidents, something referred to as “Bye-Bye Syndrome.” In this scenario, small children who do not want to be left behind follow the parent or relative outside when they say goodbye. The driver does not know the child sneaked out of the house and does not see the child standing in the driveway. 

KidsandCars.org suggests installing back-up cameras, back-up sensors, or additional mirrors to eliminate dangerous blind spots behind vehicles. Drivers should also check around their car before moving and verify that all children are inside with another adult before placing the car in drive or reverse. 

It is our hope that being armed with the knowledge as to how car accidents occur, in addition to the extensive tips provided by Montlick & Associates’ award winning community service programs such as iridesafe.com, can help keep you and your family safe while traveling on Georgia roadways. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or a family member are hurt because of someone else's negligence, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

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