3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by father


A three-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car driven by his father in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Sho Sato told police he had been out driving with his son Yutaka, Fuji TV reported. When they arrived home, Yutaka got out of the car. As he was about to park the car, Sato said he hit his son who had apparently gone ahead of the car.

Yutaka was taken to hospital with severe head injuries and died about an hour later.

Sato told police he did not see his son move in front of the car.

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Why do they not teach basic parenting in Japan? If you cannot see you kids do not move your car!

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Why do they not teach basic parenting in Japan? 

They do. When both my kids were born the local city hall and ward office had ママの教室, which taught basic parenting. Talking to my friends overseas it seems such programs are not always available in other countries. Japan is quite forward and social in this regard.

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Very sad to hear......... AGAIN!!!!!!

What’s going on!!! Aren’t people reading/hearing the news and being more careful???

if it’s in JT, it’s surely in the local media. The technology is available to deal with such situations and looks like it needs to be made mandatory before the next kid gets hurt. I won’t be surprised if it was a family car. These have huge blind sectors.

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Common sense says you do not let your 3 year old out of your vehicle until you've parked! Sitting here in a car park outside a store, and I'm disgusted just how many parents walk to their cars, kids 10 feet behind them!

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I don’t get it. I comment the same way every time this happens. Even when my kid is getting older I would never move my car without knowing where they are. It boggles the mind.

And in parking lots hold kids’ hands... why is that so hard?

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Why is your child exiting the car before you park?

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Sato told police he did not see his son move in front of the car.

I would say that it is pretty obvious he didn’t see his kid in front of the car. Carelessness kills! A sad ending to a day out with his son.

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I’m not even going to read the article and just guess either the kid was waiting outside while the car pulled out and dad didn’t see him, or the kid and family got out while dad was pulling into the drive way and dad didn’t see him. Either way, this has become a near-daily occurrence that has GOT to stop! Get in the car before pulling out, or after pulling in and shutting the car off. RIP to the boy, and a horrible way for the parents to learn a little common sense.

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RIP little one very sad story.

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your complacency killed your child

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This kind of accident happens a lot more than you think. More often than not it is only reported if the child dies.

Each time I say the same thing. Sensor technology could be the answer to decreasing this kind of accident.

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I can probably assume that the child was in the back seat and not properly restrained as is the common practice here. Therefore allowing the child to freely exit the car while the "unaware" father continued to park.

Tragic but preventable.


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Father must be beside himself with grief.

I wouldn't wish this on anybody. I hope he can move on.

RIP wee boy.

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“Common sense says you do not let your 3 year old out of your vehicle until you've parked!”

Except that in Japan the garages or parking spaces are often so narrow that drivers let the passengers out before parking the car. It goes without saying though that location of such passengers should be confirmed before moving the car again.

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Child seat belt? Child proof doors locked?

How do these parents continue after killing their children?

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@Educator60 if the driver can get out of the car after parking it, so can his children.

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