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2-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by father in Hokkaido


A two-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car driven by his father in front of their home in Takikawa, Hokkaido, on Saturday.

The incident occurred at around 12:20 p.m., Kyodo News reported. According to police, Kanji Sanada, 40, got into his car, which was parked outside his house, and started to move forward when he hit his son Ritaro.

Police said it appears the boy had come out of the house looking for his father. It was snowing heavily at the time and snow had piled up at least 50 cms on the side of the road, possibly causing a blind spot for the father.

Ritaro was taken to hospital but died shortly after arrival.

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No excuses.

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What a horrible accident. I can't imagine the grief and how the father must be feeling.

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Spot on.

Kids in car, belted up BEFORE starting the engine.

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Kids in car, belted up BEFORE starting the engine.

Yes. You're talking about a different situation, though. This kid wasn't a passenger.

Condolences. Negligent maybe, but definitely doesn't sound intentional. The father's guilt over killing his son is probably punishment enough.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

No excuses.

Posts like this is why I hate these tragic stories on JT, and thinking both of the child and the grief of the father and the mother is that armchair safety experts are always on-hand to apportion blame before anything else.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

One of worse situations is when you kill your own kids.

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Paul Spira

Today 03:33 pm JST

Children must be sighted by the driver and be inside with the door closed before getting into the car and driving (children are never outside when the car is moving).

Difficult to implement and if this was a great idea it would already be done. What about single parents or children from the neighborhood.

What about parking lots at grocery stores or even drop of points at airports?

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This happens worldwide but gets reported more in Japan, because Japanese news ignores all but the very biggest world news.

I was a bit shocked when I found out how common such accidents are in other countries, including countries where people have bigger houses with more room to park.

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Hawk ...

You are right, sounds like kid wasn't going to be s passenger.

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This needn’t have happened! I won’t go into details, but this was accident that could have been avoided.

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The best kids are unpredictable. 2 years old means there are lots of things happening that the kid can invent before the parents know it. This is why the parent can't be expected to anticipate every possible thing. I can't imagine how badly the father feels. That's punishment enough. It will be for the rest of his life. There is no punishment that would top that. The grief for me would be unbearable.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Poor boy. Rest In Peace, little one.

Can't imagine the pain the father must be going through now.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So sad…

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