Forgotten by his mother in a BMW that hasn’t turned off the engine, this boy drove away by himself and caused an accident… with a nearby Lexus.
The accident at Serangoon Garden Way (Singapore) parking lot was witnessed and reported by the restaurant owner opposite, Ms. Karen Ho (50 years old).
“We were working in the bar when we heard a loud noise, so we ran out to see what was wrong, it sounded like a car accident,” Ms. Karen said.
According to reporters gathered at the scene, fortunately no one was injured. The police arrived shortly afterwards to handle the case and arrange compensation for the victim.
Specifically, after parking the car in the parking lot, a mother left the car but forgot to turn off the engine, and also forgot her child was sitting in the back seat. And so the boy accidentally started the car, pressed the gas, causing the car to rush forward and hit a Lexus parked nearby.
Through the accident, the police once again warned parents about leaving small children in the car, even with the engine turned off is still very dangerous.
“Absolutely do not leave children in the car, many parents are subjective about this, so there have been unfortunate accidents,” said a spokesman for Roads.sg, a road safety advocacy group for know.
Bernard Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Road Safety Council, gave an interview about the possible dangers of “locking” children in cars:
“This action is extremely dangerous, if the engine is not turned off the child is at risk of suffocation of CO2 emissions, or thermal shock due to the enclosed space in the car.”
Singapore law stipulates that the behavior of leaving the engine running when parked can result in a fine of up to S$2,000 for the first offense, followed by a fine of up to S$5,000.
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