The recent series of fatal motor vehicle accidents (MVA), that have claimed babies’ and toddlers’ lives, have drawn the attention of many and sparked anger on social media over the weekend.
May 26 th, 2015
A 2-year-old girl was killed when the car she was in crashed and rolled in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday afternoon, paramedics said.
Kids and toddlers have recently been victims of a series of accidents. A 2-year old girl died in a crash on Saturday afternoon and six other people were injured in the accident on the R614 between Wartburg and Tongaat, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann.
The Opel Corsa left the road, crashed into a lamppost and overturned, flinging the girl out. She died on the scene. The injured were treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.
5-month-old died in bakkie crash
A 5-month-old girl was victim of an accident on Saturday in Ficksburg which killed three people, Free State paramedics said. The accident also left three people injured, said ER 24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.
"Paramedics arrived on scene to find a bakkie lying on its side on a gravel road. Occupants from the bakkie were lying all around the scene," he said.
"On assessment, paramedics found that six people had been travelling in the bakkie when it left the road and rolled multiple times."
The bodies of a man in his 40s and the infant were found lying 20 metres away.
"Four other patients were found lying some distance away, two of them critically injured," Meiring said.
"Unfortunately, on route to hospital, one of the critically injured patients succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead." The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
4-year-old killed, 3-month-old baby injured
A 4-year-old child died and a 3-month-old baby was injured during a head-on collision between a BMW and VW Polo in Cape Town on Saturday.
“[The] child was fatally wounded, while [the] baby sustained serious head injuries,” provincial police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.
Police and paramedics were on scene to treat the injured.
“A case of culpable homicide is being investigated," Rwexana added. "No one has been arrested at this stage."
Children’s safety on the road
“No amount of money [is] worth the life of the child,” said the minister of transport Dipuo Peters, when she told parents that money should not be the object when it comes to ensuring the safety of their children. South Africa’s new child restraint law, effective from 30 April, 2015, creates awareness with road users, parents and drivers regarding child safety in motor vehicles.
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