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Buras boy struck, killed as dad backed out of driveway


BURAS, La. -  A 4-year-old Buras boy was killed Wednesday after being accidentally hit by a truck driven by his father, according to State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey   

Matey said 32-year-old Hoang Thanh Huynh was backing his pickup truck out of his driveway on Circle Street in Buras just before noon when he struck his son, Vincent Huynh.

The father put the boy in the truck and was en route to the hospital when he was stopped for speeding. Deputies then discovered that the boy had died of his injuries, Matey said in a news release.

Neither speed nor impairment were suspected in the accident, which remains under investigation, Matey said.

Matey offered the following tips to drivers:

• Walk around and behind a vehicle prior to moving it.

• Know where your kids are. Make children move away from your vehicle to a place where they are in full view before moving the car and know that another adult is properly supervising children before moving your vehicle.

• Teach children that "parked" vehicles might move. Let them know that they can see the vehicle; but the driver might not be able to see them.

• Consider installing cross view mirrors, audible collision detectors, rear view video camera and/or some type of back up detection device.

• Measure the size of your blind zone (area) behind the vehicle(s) you drive. A 5-foot-1-inch driver in a pickup truck can have a rear blind zone of approximately 8 feet wide by 50 feet long.

• Be aware that steep inclines and large SUV's, vans and trucks add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.

• Hold children's hand when leaving the vehicle.

• Teach your children to never play in, around or behind a vehicle and always set the emergency brake.

• Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.

• Homeowners should trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure they can see the sidewalk, street and pedestrians clearly when backing out of their driveway. Pedestrians also need to be able to see a vehicle pulling out of the driveway.

• Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.

• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.

• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.

• Make sure all child passengers have left the car after it is parked.

• Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.


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