A trend that won't stop: Children run over by vehicles
Four-year-old boy OK after accident that happens once every seven days
"If you know you're going to be transporting children, do a head count every time before you start the car," Johnson said. "Take a simple walk around your vehicle. It takes seconds to walk around and make sure no one is around or close by your car."
These precautions are necessary even for those who have vehicles equipped with cameras or alerts that notify drivers if there is something behind them. Such devices wouldn't be able to detect a child on the front or side of a car, where Brooks said children are also struck.
"You should be taking advantage of those technologies if you have them on your vehicle, but still get out and check," Johnson said. "You shouldn't rely on them."
Teaching children that "cars are not toys to be played around or on or in" is also key, according to Johnson. She said older children should be taught to watch for younger children and notify parents and caregivers when they're close to cars.
"These are just simple, little, quick things that are so important and save lives," Johnson said.
Eric Lee called the traumatic event for his family this week was both an accident and a miracle.
"My only thought is that you can be as careful as possible as a parent, but sometimes accidents happen," he said. "We just really wanted to give credit to God, because we think it's an absolute miracle that he's doing as well as he is."
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