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Kids run over all too often

A 3-year-old Dania Beach girl died this morning when she was accidentally run over by her mother's car.

These types of tragedies happen all too often.

Just last night, a young boy was killed when he opened the door of his mother's Mercedes, fell onto the pavement and landing in the path of an oncoming car. That car dragged him for blocks to his death.

Here are a few other kids who have died after being accidentally hit:

In January, 7-year-old Amanda Wehn was accidentally run over in her neighbor's Pembroke Pines driveway.

In Northwest Miami-Dade in December, an 18-month-old boy was also killed when he was run over by his grandmother with her pickup truck.

A 7-year-old boy was run over by an SUV near his Miramar home in June by someone who was visiting a friend in the boy's apartment complex.

According to Kids and Cars, an organization aimed at making sure no children die in non-traffic, motor-vehicle related death, 12 children have been killed in 2007 by a car that has accidentally backed over them.

The organization recommends adults always look carefully behind their vehicles before getting in and again before putting the car in gear and backing up. When backing up, always do so slowly and pay attention to your mirrors, according to the organization's website.

Other tips from the website:

- 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.

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

- Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.

For more information, log onto www.kidsandcars.org.

      

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