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(Des Moines Register)   If you're driving a giant SUV and back over your child in the driveway, clearly the answer is stricter federal regulation   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 252
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2011-06-26 04:51:21 PM
This story would have been far less tragic and the child only mostly dead if she had driven an Accord.
 
2011-06-26 04:58:01 PM
Is she crusading against woman drivers?
 
2011-06-26 05:04:56 PM
This woman is brimming with personal responsibility
 
2011-06-26 05:11:36 PM

SushiJoe: This woman is brimming with personal responsibility


^ This.

If you read the story. This had ZERO to do with blind spots. The SUV was actually equipped with sensors. Kid ran out of the house and in front of the garage door just at same exact time the SUV backed out. shiatty coinsidence, but a coinsidence nonetheless.

Near all of these cases could have been prevented with something called situational awareness, and contrary to belief that starts before even getting into your vehicle.

In the case told in the story. Not much could prevent it except preventing the kid from darting out the door. Feel bad for her but her crusade is seriously misguided.
 
2011-06-26 05:34:56 PM
As a parent of two toddlers, I feel for her. Kids are craftier than you think and it was probably the first time he figured out how to get the door open.
I once had an incident where in the middle of the night, my (then)2yr old climbed over the gate, went downstairs, unlocked the door to the garage, and opened the automatic garage door by himself. Luckily I heard the garage door open and raced downstairs and got him, but he was "this" close to being gone.

/Maybe they should have put childproofing on the door handles earlier, but in the end it was a bout of shiatty luck. No regulation needed.
 
2011-06-26 05:36:01 PM
Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.
 
2011-06-26 05:39:23 PM

queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.


This.

I always back into my garage for this exact reason.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2011-06-26 05:44:19 PM

queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.


But then you will back into a child while parking.

Clearly, garages should have floors that spin the car 180 degrees. So you enter going forward, then when you exit, you push a button, the floor spins 180 degrees, and boom, your car is now facing forward getting ready to drive out.
 
2011-06-26 05:48:46 PM

MBK: queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.

But then you will back into a child while parking.

Clearly, garages should have floors that spin the car 180 degrees. So you enter going forward, then when you exit, you push a button, the floor spins 180 degrees, and boom, your car is now facing forward getting ready to drive out.


You'd think that, but statistically speaking, it happens much less. When you're backing the car in, you generally have better situational awareness than when you hop in the car and back out.
 
2011-06-26 05:57:08 PM

queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.


It's always safest when your first movement is forward.
 
2011-06-26 08:04:49 PM

queezyweezel: As a parent of two toddlers, I feel for her. Kids are craftier than you think and it was probably the first time he figured out how to get the door open.
I once had an incident where in the middle of the night, my (then)2yr old climbed over the gate, went downstairs, unlocked the door to the garage, and opened the automatic garage door by himself. Luckily I heard the garage door open and raced downstairs and got him, but he was "this" close to being gone.



He can't drive a stick shift, eh?
 
2011-06-26 08:34:10 PM
So we don't want the government giving us affordable healthcare, but we want them to put stricter regulations on the giant vehicles we choose to drive. Sure. Makes perfect sense.
 
2011-06-26 08:37:43 PM
Look lady, I can appreciate your loss, and you have my most sincere condolences.But we do NOT need more laws dreamed up by grieving parents trying to assuage their own feelings of guilt.

/Best you're likely to get is another sticker on the visor that says "WARNING! KIDS MIGHT RUN BEHIND YOU!"
 
2011-06-26 08:41:34 PM
Clearly we need airbags in the bumpers, a rear cowcatcher and a top reversing speed of 1 mph
 
2011-06-26 08:42:43 PM

The_Sponge: queezyweezel: As a parent of two toddlers, I feel for her. Kids are craftier than you think and it was probably the first time he figured out how to get the door open.
I once had an incident where in the middle of the night, my (then)2yr old climbed over the gate, went downstairs, unlocked the door to the garage, and opened the automatic garage door by himself. Luckily I heard the garage door open and raced downstairs and got him, but he was "this" close to being gone.


He can't drive a stick shift, eh?

*snerk*

He's three now, and knows how to unlock the car door and get the key into the ignition :-/
Stick shift cant be too far behind.
 
2011-06-26 08:43:02 PM
You can install a wireless back-up camera on your vehicle for under $100. That and a walkaround your vehicle before you back up will prevent accidents like the one the lady had.

I am sorry that she murdered her kid and I am even sorrier that she feels compelled to punish the world for it.
 
2011-06-26 08:43:51 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Clearly we need airbags in the bumpers, a rear cowcatcher and a top reversing speed of 1 mph


I just mounted a few wood chippers on my rear bumper. I can back into damn near anything :-D
 
2011-06-26 09:37:24 PM

queezyweezel: MBK: queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.

But then you will back into a child while parking.

Clearly, garages should have floors that spin the car 180 degrees. So you enter going forward, then when you exit, you push a button, the floor spins 180 degrees, and boom, your car is now facing forward getting ready to drive out.

You'd think that, but statistically speaking, it happens much less. When you're backing the car in, you generally have better situational awareness than when you hop in the car and back out.


Exactly.... because now you are worried about making a scratch or dent on your car against the house... so, indirectly, you'll be much more aware of whether someone is in the garage behind you, and you'll be going MUCH more slowly.
 
2011-06-26 10:00:49 PM
why isn't she crusading for abortions? same logic.
 
2011-06-26 10:04:04 PM
Why is your child wandering around unattended?

Lady, it is your fault. Accept it and move on
 
2011-06-26 10:14:41 PM
Evolution works. People are just raising stupider children, who are becoming stupider parents raising even stupider children.
 
2011-06-26 10:16:29 PM

queezyweezel: The_Sponge: queezyweezel: As a parent of two toddlers, I feel for her. Kids are craftier than you think and it was probably the first time he figured out how to get the door open.
I once had an incident where in the middle of the night, my (then)2yr old climbed over the gate, went downstairs, unlocked the door to the garage, and opened the automatic garage door by himself. Luckily I heard the garage door open and raced downstairs and got him, but he was "this" close to being gone.


He can't drive a stick shift, eh?
*snerk*

He's three now, and knows how to unlock the car door and get the key into the ignition :-/
Stick shift cant be too far behind.


My four year-old recently got dressed, got out of his room, climbed over the gate, walked down the stairs, unlocked two doors, walked next door, went inside, and walked into the master bedroom. Luckily my neighbor is also my best friend, so she called me and informed me what he did. He caught hell for that.

As an infant, he figured out how to get out of his collapsible walker by bracing his feet on the crossbars.

As far as this is concerned, according to the little chart, there can't be more than 30 deaths per year from things like this. It seems like adding a thousand dollars worth of equipment to all new cars seems like a waste of money.
 
2011-06-26 10:17:28 PM

cretinbob: Why were you driving in the kitchen?


: D
 
2011-06-26 10:18:17 PM
I'll be clear: I am generally against governmental regulation. But I'm of the opinion that it's like bad thunderstorms - not something you generally enjoy, but something you can't control that happens from time to time. So, I was hoping that if we were going to have some regulation, that it would be on parents. You know, regulating that they keep track of their children. But no, it's more regulation of companies, the implementation of which will be as cheap as possible but which will still raise prices for me. Yay. Guess I better roll up the windows, storm comin.
 
2011-06-26 10:19:06 PM
Jack was dressed in his Nike sweat suit and the morticians did a good job, wiping away some of the memory of seeing his tire-damaged head.

Bwahahahahahahaahah!
 
2011-06-26 10:20:12 PM
I'm glad this made it on fark.Usually the Register allows you to comment. I was a little perplexed, but the reason is simple. This is the reaction people have. It's horrible what happened. Don't get me wrong, but lack of regulations aren't want killed your kid. You did. Your reliance on "sensors" and laziness etc. You'll never forgive yourself, but that's the way life is. Sometimes life really sucks and you only have yourself to blame.
 
2011-06-26 10:20:51 PM

puffy999: Evolution Devolution works. People are just raising stupider children, who are becoming stupider parents raising even stupider children.


ftfy

www.geardiary.com
 
2011-06-26 10:21:59 PM

UsikFark: cretinbob: Why were you driving in the kitchen?

: D


+1
 
2011-06-26 10:23:14 PM

ArkAngel: My four year-old recently got dressed, got out of his room, climbed over the gate, walked down the stairs, unlocked two doors, walked next door, went inside, and walked into the master bedroom. Luckily my neighbor is also my best friend, so she called me and informed me what he did. He caught hell for that.


My little brother was the one who used to escape, usually in the middle of the night (out of his room, not out of the house). Finally my dad rigged a buzzer to his door.
 
2011-06-26 10:24:41 PM
People who drive SUVs are by definition self-centered, without concern for other people. They literally don't have the awareness to avoid accidents like this.

Pro tip: You don't need a five thousand pound vehicle to carry your toddler and a gallon of milk, regardless of how fat you are.
 
2011-06-26 10:24:54 PM

RogermcAllen: If I'm reading this right only 17 children have been killed in private property accidents in the last 8.5 years, and she was the only one so far in 2001. That really isn't that many at all. I'm sure you could find thousands of things more dangerous to crusade against that would save a lot more children.


FTFM
 
2011-06-26 10:25:18 PM

SouthernManDunWrong: You can install a wireless back-up camera on your vehicle for under $100. That and a walkaround your vehicle before you back up will prevent accidents like the one the lady had.

I am sorry that she murdered her kid and I am even sorrier that she feels compelled to punish the world for it.


She did the walk around. The kid showed up afterward.
 
2011-06-26 10:26:37 PM
We have a house alarm for just this reason. It beeps 3x whenever a door or window is opened in the house. My wife and I check on the kids all the time, but dammit, kids are crafty.

It really seems in this case that this lady has turned full attention whore. She's trying to supposedly preserve the memory of her son to make up for what was just an unfortunate accident (unless she came roaring out of the garage, that is). It has nothing to do with your car shiathead, it was vehicular manslaughter. Your kid died... do the right thing and honor him privately within your family. Not everything has to be a farking crusade.
 
2011-06-26 10:27:33 PM

RogermcAllen: I'm sure you could find thousands of things more dangerous to crusade against that would save a lot more children.


I'm glad you understand the purpose of this website and how it relates to the state of local and national news in the United States.

/we all forget.
 
2011-06-26 10:27:42 PM

BGates: Is she crusading against woman drivers?


One would assume.
 
2011-06-26 10:29:05 PM
A backup camera can be bought and attached to the back of most cars. I believe they are in the $100-200 range.
 
2011-06-26 10:31:21 PM

UsikFark: RogermcAllen: I'm sure you could find thousands of things more dangerous to crusade against that would save a lot more children.

I'm glad you understand the purpose of this website and how it relates to the state of local and national news in the United States.

/we all forget.


My bad...

Is it just me, or has this chick put on a lot of weight since she killed the kid? Maybe 2-3 beers before, but now definitely would not hit it.
 
2011-06-26 10:31:32 PM
Is she crusading against woman drivers?

Because no man ever ran anybody over ...

but srsly I don't understand all the women I see on the interstate in overly large vehicles which are NOT packed full of people/pets/belongings. What do you need that monstrosity for? You're more likely to die in one of those than a modest sedan.

same thing with dudes and big pickup trucks
 
2011-06-26 10:31:57 PM
Wait - so the husband takes the keys to the old SUV which had sensors and buys a new SUV the week after the accident? WELL DONE, dude. I am sure your remaining child is safe now. Also, for him to say "We could make something that beautiful again" a week after the accident...hmmm....did he tell that kid to go and stand behind that car? People, think about it....this has Lifetime movie written all over it. ACADIA: The dad who was jealous of his son.

Also, as a person who drives a small car and has an infant, f*ck your SUV. All of the safety features in the world won't save you from driving like an ignorant f*ck. Also, no matter where I park, I end up between 2 SUVs. So, when I back out of a spot, I have to look like 10 times because another SUV is waiting to beep at me because I can't see.

//sorry you lost your kid, lady. I really am. I can't even imagine it. Accidents happen, you didn't do it on purpose. But, I still don't understand how everyone is qualified to drive a vehicle like a Chevy Suburban. Did you ever see someone drive one of these things who obviously shouldn't be? You know the type - it takes them 6 times to park in a large supermarket spot
 
2011-06-26 10:31:58 PM
I thought we were supposed to have 'George Jetson' vehicles now. What happened?
 
2011-06-26 10:32:11 PM
one chart has backover and rollover deaths about the same %. But the other chart looks like 4x deaths are backovers?
 
2011-06-26 10:32:38 PM
How many stupid laws do we have because of stupid mothers?
 
2011-06-26 10:33:03 PM
19 month old kids don't "dart"
 
2011-06-26 10:35:08 PM
This happened to me as a child so I'm really getting a kick...except it was a Mercury Comet.

(I did not die. Was in a wheelchair for quite awhile.)
 
2011-06-26 10:35:10 PM
clearly we need more SUV control laws
 
2011-06-26 10:35:17 PM
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2011-06-26 10:36:01 PM

MBK: queezyweezel: Oh and for people that ask "why does anyone back into a parking spot?" This probably could have been avoided if she had backed into the garage.

But then you will back into a child while parking.



This is true to some extent. But the tradeoff is that most people are not accelerating while reversing into the back of their garage.
 
2011-06-26 10:36:41 PM

RogermcAllen: Is it just me, or has this chick put on a lot of weight since she killed the kid?


FTA: Jack was born on Sept. 10, 2009. Karen and Pat wanted a sibling for Lily, now 3.

She's no doubt pregnant again.
 
2011-06-26 10:37:12 PM
Dumbfrak SUV drivers. Seriously it's 2011, stop buying those things you absolute TARDS.
 
2011-06-26 10:37:17 PM

puffy999: Evolution works. People are just raising stupider children, who are becoming stupider parents raising even stupider children.


More laws are clearly going to be needed. How else can she be assured of her other children making it to adulthood? Stupid laws are ensuring the stupid survives longer.
 
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