In Madison Township, Ohio, a five year-old child is dead after being backed over by the truck his grandfather, Brian R. Miller, was driving. The family was in the yard doing yard work at the time of this tragic accident. The accident occurred on the 3400 block of Poplar Street. EMS was called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. The five year-old was flown to Children’s Hospital. Despite advanced life support measures, the child passed away.
Back-over injuries refer to injuries sustained by a child when a vehicle strikes or runs over a child while in reverse motion. A majority of victims are male. The younger the child, the more likely the child is to sustain injury to the head, face and neck. The older the child, the more likely the child is to sustain injury to the legs. The degree of severity level in internal injury and fracture statistically decreases with the increased age of the victim. Children that are pedestrians are at six time’s greater risk of being a victim in back-over accidents than children riding tricycles or bicycles. The majority of back-over accidents generally occur at home in a driveway. The locations with second highest risk for back-over accidents are parking lots. The CDC reports that fifty percent of child fatalities related to back-over accidents occurred at home in the driveway.