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Neighbors Lift Car After Mom Backs Over Toddler

Neighbors Pick Up Car After Mom Backs Over Baby: Police
A baby is in the hospital after police say she was run over by her mother's car outside their New Jersey home.

WCAU reports police say 23-year-old Christina Rodriguez was backing out of the driveway Tuesday when her 1-year-old daughter ran into the car's path and got pinned underneath the vehicle. (Via )

WNBC reports neighbors saw what happened and alerted Rodriguez. They then lifted the car to allow Rodriguez to retrieve her daughter.

KYW-TV points to police saying the incident appears to be an accident, but it is still being investigated. The baby was airlifted to a hospital where she is reportedly being treated for moderate injuries. (Via )

KCNC reports a similar accident earlier this month in Colorado resulted in the death of a 3-year-old boy when his father backed out of their driveway.

Scary incidents like these are one of the many reasons the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require rearview cameras on new vehicles by 2018.

The administration says back-up accidents cause an average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year. It believes rear-visibility systems will reduce those numbers.

According to the Los Angeles Times, many safety advocates have been wondering why the law hadn't come sooner. A fatal accident in 2002 led to the passing of a 2007 federal act that required new back-up collision regulations within three years.

The New Jersey baby girl's current condition was unknown as of early Wednesday morning, though she is expected to live.

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Freedomofspeech2014 May 21 2014 at 10:36 AM

What is a one year old doing outside in an unfenced yard without supervision?

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umatyly37 May 21 2014 at 10:30 AM

God bless the people that helped.

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koonski May 21 2014 at 10:11 AM

Another not watching their children. You never Back up a car without somebody with the kids, making sure they are out of harms way.

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Skkydreemer May 21 2014 at 10:23 AM

We have a rule in our family, when somebody is backing out of the driveway all kids that are outside must be on our porch and stay there until clear. Accidents happen, I have taught my kids from a young age that this is a rule. As soon as we get in the car, a check of the porch confirms that all kids are clear!

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Kathy Skkydreemer May 21 2014 at 10:33 AM

So a one year old should have known to stay away? Give me a break! Who ever should have been watching the baby dropped the ball. The mother was in the car, so whoever was supposed to keep an eye on the baby obviosly didn't.

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lwainscot Kathy May 21 2014 at 1:01 PM

A one year old, should be under the care of a responsible person, so they don't get in harms way. That doesn't mean a teenager, who's too busy twittering, or talking on her cell phone, but a responsible adult. People spend too much time on all these electronic devices, and not enough time in the real world. For some reason, the younger generation, and I mean those born in the 70s and later, feel a need to be connected to everyone, all the time. Facebook, twitter, e-mails, text messages, and phone calls, occupy their entire existence.

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ladywolf2012 Kathy May 21 2014 at 3:29 PM

As a mother, she should have been watching even if she "thought" someone else was watching her baby! As a parent, you never assume someone else is going to watch and care for your child as much as you do. It doesn't even yet mention whether there was another person out there with the child, it is as much her fault as anybody else if not more!

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Freedomofspeech2014 Skkydreemer May 21 2014 at 10:40 AM

The child was not being supervised. The mom was leaving and the one year old was outside in an unfenced yard by herself. It took neighbors to alert the mother. IF someone was watching her, it wouldnt have been the neighbors who alerted the mom to what happened. Careless parent got a child hurt. Not an accident, this is neglect.

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vrf19977 May 21 2014 at 12:41 PM

We don't need rearview cameras, we need parents with some common sense! If you can't see your child with your own eyes, THE CAR SHOULD NOT BE IN MOTION. I always had my son stand up on the porch and stay still where I could see him anytime any car was coming in or going out of the driveway. How complicated is that? My gosh... are we regressing as a species??

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chuckhalper May 21 2014 at 12:00 PM

I watched two drivers back in to each other in a supermarket parking lot recently.Both cars had cameras and all the other "convenience" features that enable the uninvolved driver to make a car move.

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You Sexy MoFo May 21 2014 at 10:25 AM

Really, if you run over your own kid, a rear view camera prob wont help. Chances are she didnt even look at all.

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csut266021 May 21 2014 at 1:40 PM

back up camera's?? first everyone has to stop texting

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orion15stars csut266021 May 21 2014 at 10:50 PM

I have no idea what people so attached to their cell phones would have done before the day of cell phones and texting. If it were up to me, there would be stringent laws and penalties banning all cell phone use while driving and walking in public places. The same way laws apply to drinking and using illegal drugs while driving and walking in public places. People can't concentrate on road, driveway, and street conditions when playing on cell phones.

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molly0814 May 21 2014 at 9:50 AM

This is one of my greatest fear. I won't even put the car in reverse until both of my kids are buckled up safely, or inside with their father.

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Elizabeth molly0814 May 21 2014 at 5:44 PM

Intelligent. Wish more people were that aware of their surroundings and the whereabouts of their children. Congratulations.

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Chuck Raposa May 21 2014 at 10:52 AM

If I wasn't sure if my daughter ran out of the house I would get out of the car and look. Rear view camera is nice but getting out and checking yourself is better than a camera.

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orion15stars Chuck Raposa May 21 2014 at 10:52 PM

She was over a year old. Young children can be ingenious at finding ways of sneaking out of the house. That's why door handles and locks must be higher than anything they stand on to open a door.

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