No one has been charged with a crime, but a Potter County grand jury will see evidence next week presented by the Amarillo Police Department regarding the death of a one-and-a-half year old girl. According to a police report, the toddler died Sunday night after being hit by a car reportedly put into gear by a four-year-old.
Amarillo Police say more and more of these accidents appear to be happening within the city. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what you can do to keep this tragedy from happening.
Amarillo children under the age of four have died in the last two years because they wandered out behind a vehicle, and the driver couldn't see them over the hood, or the trunk. So we looked into what safety devices are available to keep that from happening again.
"For a parent who is looking for safety features especially in a crowded neighborhood a rear-view camera is the best option," says Andrew Brandt, a Sounds System associate.
Sound systems installs several rear-view cameras every month, mostly on SUV's, because they have the largest blind spot when drivers back up. This is how the camera works:
Once the car goes in reverse this monitor shows a panoramic view of whats behind you, so if someone walks behind the car, you know to stop. It goes right on your license plate and can come with a sensor for added safety.
"It's a proximity sensor that can tell when an object is close by and it will start beeping," says Brandt.
Police say the device may help, but should not take the place of checking to make sure no children are around when you get behind the wheel.
"Things can happen quickly and easily, just by not having close supervision around that child, whether the child is inside the car or outside the car and happens to be out there playing," says Corporal Jerry Neufeld, with Amarillo police.
"A lot of people take for granted getting in your car and go, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, to look around and this camera adds comfort for that," says Brandt.