Date
29 May 2017
Nam Hang Tsuen in Yuen Long has seen a horrific  tragedy in which a toddler was killed when a driver backed his car into him. Photo: Google Maps
Nam Hang Tsuen in Yuen Long has seen a horrific tragedy in which a toddler was killed when a driver backed his car into him. Photo: Google Maps

Toddler killed after neighbor backs Mercedes-Benz

A toddler was killed after he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz sedan driven by a neighbor.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. Monday in Yuen Long when the 18-month-old child was playing by the curb of the neighbor’s garage, Apple Daily reports.

The driver, surnamed Li, backed the car, apparently unaware of the toddler standing in a corner.

The impact knocked the child down and he ended up under the vehicle before a horrified witness who called the police.

After the child’s mother pulled him from under the car, he was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Li, 55, was arrested on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The boy and his father, surnamed Tang, had just gone over to greet Li, their next-door neighbor in Nam Hang Tsuen.

After brief pleasantries, Li got into the car while father and son prepared to leave.

The boy was standing in what might have been a blind corner when Li backed up, apparently without seeing him.

The boy likely died on the spot from his injuries, according to the report.

A trauma specialist quoted by Ming Pao Daily said car accident victims often suffer severe bone fractures and it’s dangerous to move them until paramedics arrive.

Meanwhile, Ringo Lee, chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry Hong Kong, said drivers should consider camera sensors that provide 360-degree vision to avoid blind spots.

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