Toddler Killed at Los Angeles Car Wash

Saturday, April 11, 2009 |

On Saturday, April 11,2009 at 1308 PM, 1 Company of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance and 1 EMS Battalion Captain responded to a Fatal Injury at 505 South Vermont Avenue in Mid-Town Los Angeles.

Paramedics arrived quickly to find an 18 month old male with severe injuries to his body after being run over by a large Sport Utility Vehicle at a full service car wash.

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The small child was playing unattended when he was crushed by one of the tires of the vehicle. He was quickly treated on scene by firefighter/paramedics and was rushed to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where he was Pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are being further investigated by the LAPD. Counseling was provided to all parties involved at the scene.

The tragic death of this young boy servers as a reminder of how important it is to keep a strict watch over our little ones especially any place where vehicles are present.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

This is a tragic accident. RIP little one. The parent or parents should be held liable and if they have any more children the children should be taken. This is an ongoing problem, when I go to the car wash parents are vacuuming their cars and the kids are running around like it's a playground. Wake up people keep Your children close to You.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:06,

While we agree with this being a tragedy, we must take exception with drawing conclusions based upon what little information we have or can provide as firefighters.

If there is one thing we have learned over the years, it is that the emotional impact of such events is devastating to us all - and none more than the family and driver of the vehicle.

As our friends at the Los Angeles Police Department investigate the circumstances, we hope you will join us in holding dear each and every life, including those of innocent children and those entrusted with their care, if even briefly enough for the unforeseeable and unimaginable to occur.

In closing, we again should mention that this was a 'full-service' car wash, and that the use of a vacuum or other device by a parent or guardian was not a factor.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

This is a horrible tragedy. I'm very sadden to hear about this child's death due to his parents and or guradian's negligence, Please be aware of the wherabouts of your children at all times. It is unfortunate this innocent baby was involved in this incident.My prayers are with this family.

Denise, ca

Anonymous said...

HOLD YOUR CHILDREN BY THE HANDS !!! AT ALL TIMES(specially if there small

Tanya said...

Poor baby, may he rest in peace. I don't know what exactly happened but you can never be to careful with your kids. I'm sure everyone involved is devastated there's no need to accuse the parents of negligence. I have a 2 year old boy and no matter how careful I am he always tries to run off. . My condolences to the family

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