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Unattended Children and Cars 

Vehicle Set in Motion

Many parents leave a child unattended in a running motor vehicle. It takes very little strength to set a vehicle in motion, accidentally or otherwise. Children have caused dozens of accidents by putting cars in gear.

In August 1999, two young girls were crushed by a neighbor’s car in Russellville, Arkansas.
The girls were looking at a book in the front yard of their home when their neighbor’s two-year-old son accidentally put the car in gear. The car rolled down a 90-foot incline and struck the two girls at a speed between 10 and 15 miles per hour. The boy was not injured; however, both girls died instantly.41



41 “Car Crushes Children to Death,” Times Daily, August 26, 1999.