In Oklahoma, Zoe Montgomery, 18-months-old, died as a result of being run-over by a hayride trailer. News stories report that the hay ride trailer had stopped to let a truck pass. People started to get off the trailer because they thought the ride was over. Little Zoe walked to the back of the trailer and fell when the driver put the tractor in gear. The trailer rolled over her while backing up for the gear change. She was taken emergently to OU Medical Center where she died.
As death from infections has decreased, injuries have emerged as the most common cause of death in toddlers. Death that is injury-related is approximately 37% of all causes of death. Because of the newly developed ability to wonder and perform fine and gross motor skills, toddlers are at risk.