A three-year-old died from his injuries after being hit by his father’s car and left lying in the driveway as his dad continued up the street, unaware the horrible accident had happened.
Dad-to-four, Jeremy Searle, 41, thought all his kids were inside when he jumped into his car in the driveway of his Cootamundra home earlier this week. What he didn’t know what that his youngest son, Wyatt, 3, had followed him outside, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Jeremy’s brother, Nathan, told the newspaper that it all happened in a ‘split second’ when Wyatt, who had been told to stay inside by his father, followed his dad outside.
Wyatt was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries. He had celebrated his third birthday only 11 days earlier.
The family issued a statement to the Cootamundra Herald describing their heartbreaking loss.
‘The grief we are all experiencing is obviously very deep and the pain is so hard to bear,’ it begins.
‘His loss leaves an immense hole in the heart of his dad, Jeremy, his mum, Jodie, his two sisters Liliana and Charlotte and his big brother, Ethan.
‘We are so very grateful for the kind and heartfelt support that has been shown to our family through the tragic loss of our little boy Wyatt.’
Accidents involved cars and small children at home are thought to be the second highest cause of childhood fatalities, after backyard pool drownings, and accounts for seven deaths and over 60 injuries per year to kids under 15.