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Toddler Dies In Tragic Back-Up Accident In Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH – FHP announced a terrible accident that took place at a residence in Lakewood Ranch Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred when a woman driving a Lexus SUV, was preparing to back out of a driveway. Unknown to the driver a 2-year old who was thought to be already within the SUV had failed to enter the vehicle.

The toddler instead had walked around toward the rear of the SUV, within a blind-spot of the vehicle.

At 8:20:00 AM, the driver of the vehicle still unaware of the small child began to back up the SUV.

The child fell onto the driveway behind the vehicle was run over by the SUV.

Manatee County pronounced the child deceased at the scene of the accident.

This type of accident is far too common, and can happen easily. It only takes a moment of being distracted or unaware of your surrounding for a terrible tragedy to occur.

In fact every year 210 people lose their lives, and over 7,000 are injured by back-over accidents, 50% of victims are children. Drivers of SUVs are particularly prone to these accidents as 60% of all back-over accidents involve Sport Utility Vehicles.

We implore all drivers new or experienced to ALWAYS double check your surroundings when backing out of a driveway. It may seem like something that cannot happen to you but it only takes one moment of distraction for tragedy to happen.

For more on how to prevent being involved in a back-over accident visit this online guide

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Toddler Dies In Tragic Back-Up Accident In Lakewood Ranch

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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