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3-year-old girl dies after being hit by father's car

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A 36-year-old man from Nagoya accidentally ran down and killed his 3-year-old daughter outside their house in what police believe to have been a tragic accident.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Hirotaka Suzuki, was taking his wife to a friend's wedding at around noon on Sunday. NTV reported that as he pulled out of his driveway to turn left, the car hit his daughter Ninako. The girl is believed to have been crossing in front of the car unseen while trying to pass her mother a snack.

Police say that Ninako was conscious immediately following the accident and was taken to hospital by her mother in another car. However, she later passed away at around 4 p.m. as a result of her injuries, NTV reported.

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the grandparents were most-likely in charge of the child, might have even passed the snack to the girl to give to her mother.

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15+ years after the fact, I still remember vividly how bad I felt when I realized I'd run over our pet cat. Luckily only his leg was injured, but I to kill your child?! I shudder at the thought!

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Gogogo, Helloooooo? Where does it say that the hospital didn't try their utmost to fix the little girl's injuries? Perhaps she was so severely injured that she was beyond help. Your post implies that the hospital/doctors' are somehow to blame for the death of this little girl.

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It makes me think. my daughter is 3yo. ill take extra security measures

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Tears, tears.

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Japan has a problem with it's healthcare system especially in emergency medicine. It is behind the times and needs to be reformed. It doesn't help that doctors level public and regional hospitals for private ones. There is also not a true control system in place for hospital, especially in emergency medicine. I've been out of the field for a while but it surprised me to learn that Japan has only one level of EMT. I was an EMT III some 20 years ago in the US and the EMS system evolved into level of emergency care facility or trauma center from level 4 to 1. If we thought that an case of critical, we would go to a level 1 trauma center which always was open. The golden hour is critical for emergency medicine. We would do everything in the field and the hospital would get the ekg/ecg strips as needed. The patient would always have an IV so that the ER can easily administer drugs as needed. Japan doesn't even have a independent review of hospitals so you don't know even if they meed standards. ER aren't certified as to level so who know what a hospital can do. Going to a hospital is basically a crap shoot in Japan unless you go one of the national ones. For an emergency system modeled on the US, it sure doesn't look like the current US system. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672251/ Not saying the girl could have been saved since there is no details but this link is scary.

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Chris Lowery: Very tragic, and here is another tragedy, Not waiting for an ambulance! The trip by another car, the shock, no treatment on site? They panicked, I know, but waiting for the ambulance might have saved her. R.I.P.

There is a shortage of emergency room physicians in Japan and ambulance wait and transport times here can be excruciatingly long. I'm not recommending self-transport for emergencies but the wait might well have killed her too.

Darknuts: The parents were gonna leave her home alone?

They may very well have an in-law living with them.

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its obviously internal hemorrhage .. sad and the population of Japan is dwindling so fast ..

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Very tragic, and here is another tragedy, Not waiting for an ambulance! The trip by another car, the shock, no treatment on site? They panicked, I know, but waiting for the ambulance might have saved her. R.I.P.

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very sad, but could have easily been avoided. rip ninako

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Imagine living the rest of one's life carrying that cross. Horrible....

I know someone who did. His marriage broke down, (I met him after he had remarried) and he died young of alcohol-related complications. Tragic.

I am curious though too - I am assuing the child was left alone with a babysitter or (much) older sibling while the parents went out? I know a child is dead so what does it matter - but if presenting the facts of the case prevents just one more happening it is worth knowing.

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Tragic but when facts are few, experts are many.

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Such a sad tragedy!!

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That's devastating.

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Incredibly tragic accident. RIP, little one.

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heart broken news , poor family

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sounds like whoever was taking care of her, let her free to mope around and saw her mom in the car and tried to give her the snack, unbeknownst to the mother and father... how tragic. I cannot fathom what the parents are going through.

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omg worse thing that can happen for a father

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A couple of critical details missing, but I think I can wager a bet as to why the girl was out on the road. I very, very often see in Japan that a man or woman will get into a car and pull out of the narrow driveway and onto the road before the passenger(s) get in so that they have more space and ease with which to do so. In all likelihood, the dad was pulling out to let mom in, and maybe the little girl as well, and mom either left for a moment or the kid bolted ahead. The latter part is the only one I can't really guess.

In any case, this is tragic, and I feel so bad for the family. RIP to the little girl.

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I can't think of anything more horrifying for a parent than accidentally killing one's child. These accidents involving cars scare the crap out of me. Kids are too quick and too unpredictable to be allowed to play around in parking lots, near roads, or near any kind of automobile for that matter, without proper supervision.

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Imagine living the rest of one's life carrying that cross. Horrible....

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Deepest condolences to the parents, relatives, and friends. The father must be absolutely distraught. Give him your sympathies, not condemnation.

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Not enough details here. It says the father was going to take his wife but it doesn't say where she was. Was the father pulling out the car while the mother and daughter waited outside? Or was the mother already in the car with the father and the daughter was just hanging out in the driveway herself? It doesn't sound like he travelled much far. He must've been going a pretty good speed to cause internal damage :(

RIP little girl...

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I wish the hospital had done more since she must have died from internal injuries that the hospital didn't fix.

I wish people would "think" before they comment here.

Wish? Done more? Wow.......how about putting the blame where it belongs and not on a doctor or hospital, with which we have been given zero information regarding the extent of her injuries.

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@gogogo

I wish the hospital had done more since she must have died from internal injuries that the hospital didn't fix.

You crush someon's internal organs and they will, inevitably, bleed to death internally within hours. No hospital on earth can save anyone in that situation. Doctors aren't magicians.

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@gogogo

Please! Don't blame the hospital. She died because she was hit by a car. How do you know exactly what the injuries were and if the doctors could do anything. What was a 3 year old doing outside the car anyway? The parents were gonna leave her home alone?

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BS story. Doesn`t make sense in the least.

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Very sad, RIP little girl.

Something has to be said though about the reporting and/or police action in these cases. Man kills girl riding bicycle on a crossing, which is contrary to the rules of cycling, he is arrested immediately. Man kills daughter, apparently because he didn't see her, tragic accident.

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Who was watching the girl if mom and dad were both in the car? So very sad.

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So sad, I wish the hospital had done more since she must have died from internal injuries that the hospital didn't fix.

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