FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Every motorist's nightmare.
Fort Wayne police believe the driver of an SUV, who was leaving a family party Wednesday night, had no idea she had backed the vehicle over a toddler, causing injuries that killed the baby.
Police are saying the driver left the scene without knowing what happened.
But it wasn't long before the horrible news was transmitted to the people in that SUV, and they came back to see for themselves.
Police say a family was having a gathering at a private home on South Monroe Street, at the intersection of Baxter Street.
Two extended family members decided to leave in their black Ford SUV.
The driver backed up and hit the 15-month old girl, who at the time of this report, had not been identified.
They continued on their way, apparently not knowing they'd struck anything.
Other family members still at the gathering drove the little girl to fire station "11", where medics were waiting.
" They rendered the best medical treatment they could at that time, and then transported the child to a local hospital. You know, you have a family that's going to go through a lot in the next few days," said Ft. Wayne Police Sgt. Mark Brooks.
No charges have been filed.
Sergeant Brooks says all indications point to it simply being a terrible accident.
Here are some things to keep in mind while behind the wheel.
It only takes a second for a child to pop into your path, so if you're backing up, take that extra moment, and turn your head to make sure as best you can that there's nothing lurking behind you.
With school letting out, more kids will be out roaming through neighborhoods, capable of darting out in front of you at any time, so you can’t say it enough, be careful.
The SUV in the accident was an older model, not equipped with safety features you find on some newer vehicles.
Folks at Kelley Chevrolet showed us a 2014 Chevy Impala that has sensors in the rear quarters and bumpers, to detect movement of cars coming alongside, or people or things that can pose a danger.
"Those sensors will pick up them being there and there'll be a chime that'll come on and a beeping, and the closer they get, you know, the more constant that will be," said Chuck Kelley, General Manager of Kelley Chevrolet.
Many new cars also have a camera positioned below the trunk that helps a driver see what's behind them, even providing a sense of what could get in your way depending on which way the vehicle turns.
Kelley says these safety features are slowly being included in more affordable models, as well as luxury ones.
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