A Louisiana woman reportedly ran over her toddler while backing out of her driveway, killing him.
Police are calling it a tragic accident, the Daily Mail reports.
Tralyn Crosby, 35, was backing her vehicle up when she struck her 1-year-old son Cai on Jan. 3, says Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. A 911 call was placed by Crosby's neighbor, who reported hearing screaming and crying.
Police believe Cai followed his mother out of the home without her knowledge. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities confirmed.
"This is a horrible tragedy for this family and the community," Webre said in a press release. "My heart goes out to the family, and I pray they can find peace in such a difficult time."
Webre said no charges have been filed against the mother, as they don't suspect impairment or foul play.
Crosby's other sons were inside her house with her husband at the time of the accident.
Around 2,400 children are injured each year after being struck or run over by a car that is backing out from a driveway, notes the website KeepYourChildSafe.org.
About 100 of those cases are fatal, according to 2007 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
These "backover accidents" account for around 42 percent of all nontraffic related auto fatalities involving children each year. In comparison, "frontover accidents" account for about half that number.
In most cases, it is a relative -- often a parent -- who runs the child over.
It is usually caused by a lapse in supervision, the website notes. As in Crosby's case, the driver often assumes the child is safely inside, not realizing he or she ventured outdoors.
In less frequent cases, the child is playing or hiding underneath a car.
The website offers tips on how to avoid these driveway accidents:
- Walk around the vehicle before getting in the car to drive.
- Be familiar with the vehicle's blind zones.
- Never back out in a hurry. Remember that getting where you're going few seconds sooner is never going to make any difference.
- Keep the driveway and yard clear of toys and other items that could tempt a child and lead her or him into the driveway.
- Hold young children when someone is backing out of the driveway.
- As soon as children can walk and talk, teach them to never run or play behind a car.
The organization also recommends backup motion sensors that beep if something is behind the car, and especially recommends having rearview video system that provides a wide-angle view of everything behind the car.