On Sunday, a 3-year-old girl, Chelsea Parkinson, died in an accident involving four cars. The family who was in the vehicle was taken to the hospital, including an 8-month-old girl in critical condition, her mother in stable condition, and the father who was released from the hospital Monday night. According to Provo Police, the vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of University Avenue and 3700 North around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Three cars were waiting in the southbound left-turn lane on University Avenue when a utility truck from Pleasant Grove drove up from behind and struck the third car in the line, a red station wagon then pushed the station wagon into the other vehicles in front of it. According to an article on KSL’s website, Heather Milburn, a nurse, stopped at the scene. “I noticed there were no first responders and I just thought, ‘I’m a nurse, I’m supposed to pull over and try to help,” she said. Milburn helped stabilize the mother’s neck and spoke with her until emergency crews arrived. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything that could be done for the 3-year-old.
An article in the Daily Herald identifies a GoFundMe that has been set up to help the family that lost their daughter. As of Tuesday (4/18/18) over 200 people have donated. The first day of the campaign resulted in more than $11,150.
According to the Daily Herald’s article, police are examining potential charges for the Pleasant Grove driver who caused the chain-reaction pile up.
All accidents are devastating, but those that involve children are particularly sad. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost Chelsea. Sadly, with some accidents, even the best prevention cannot absolutely avert a potential disaster. This avoidance of an accident is especially those in which another vehicle comes from behind and strikes you. However, it is crucial to consider every appropriate measure to try and protect yourself and especially children. The following list can help you keep your and other children safe. The following list is not meant to apply specifically to the tragic accident shared above. It is entirely possible that this family took every precaution in this list.
- Seatbelts/Booster Seats. It is always important to have children wear the appropriate restraints. It is also essential to ensure the equipment fits properly. Too often, children are placed in booster seats that are either too big or too small. Safekids.org gives a detailed description of how a child’s harness should fit.
- Heat. With summer approaching, the temperature inside of a person’s car can quickly become dangerous. According to some estimates, the interior temperature can rise roughly 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. Never leave a child in a hot car, even for a short period.
- Keys Hidden & Car Locked. If you do not keep your keys hidden and your car locked, children could get into the car. Children often mimic what they see their parents do. This mimicry could lead a child to want to act like they are driving the car. Each year, thousands of children are injured across the United States because they can access their parent’s vehicles.
- Back Out Cautiously. More and more cars are including cameras that allow drivers to see what is behind them. However, it is still important that you remain alert when you are backing out. Many cars have a significant blind spot that can prevent the driver from adequately seeing what is behind them.
These are just a few simple suggestions that can help you improve your safety with children and cars. There are, naturally, tons of other things you can do to keep your children and other children safe. If you have any questions about an accident, call The Advocates Law Firm. We can help you!