911 audio released in East Texas child's death

911 Audio

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - A frantic and emotional 911 call  as family members try to save the life of a one-year-old East Texas girl.

The 911 call came after investigators say a family member backed over a young girl this weekend at a family gathering, killing her.

Father: "My daughter is hurt bad. Please hurry, I don't have time to explain."

Dispatcher: "How did she get hurt?"

Father: "Dude, just please send an ambulance, please."

 A father's call for help came from a home on county road 290 in the Chapel Hill community Saturday night.

Dispatcher: "How old is she?

Father: "She's one year and a half. Please hurry."

Dispatcher: "Is she awake? They're coming as fast as they can."

Dispatcher: "No, she's not awake."

We're told there was a family gathering at this home over the weekend.

Smith County investigators say a family member, got in their car to back up, not realizing a one-year-old girl was behind them.

Father: "She's not doing good, man. Please hurry."

Dispatcher: "Ok, they're coming as fast as they can with lights and sirens. This isn't slowing them down. But, we need to do these compressions, ok?"

Father: "Ok, she's giving her CPR and everything. She's trying."

Unfortunately, the girl died that same night at a Dallas hospital.

"We advise people to actually walk around their vehicle. Look before you get in the vehicle, and start to back up," said Trooper Jeanne Dark.

Trooper Jeanne Dark is a mother of two. She knows these accidents can happen to anyone at anytime.

"It's something I think about. I just think about being in law enforcement. Unfortunately, we see tragedy happen usually on a daily basis," said Trooper Dark.

A tragedy that can happen in just a few seconds.



KidsAndCars.org recommendations to keep children safe include:

• Walk around and behind a vehicle prior to moving it.

• 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.

• Consider installing cross view mirrors, audible collision detectors, rear view video camera and/or some type of back up detection device.

• Measure the size of your blind zone (area) behind the vehicle(s) you drive. A 5-foot-1-inch driver in a pickup truck can have a rear blind zone of approximately 8 feet wide by 50 feet long.

• Be aware that steep inclines and large SUV's, vans and trucks add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.

• Hold children's hand when leaving the vehicle.

• Teach your children to never play in, around or behind a vehicle and always set the emergency brake.

• Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.

• Homeowners should trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure they can see the sidewalk, street and pedestrians clearly when backing out of their driveway. Pedestrians also need to be able to see a vehicle pulling out of the driveway.

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

• Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.

• Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.

• Make sure all child passengers have left the car after it is parked.

• Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.

For additional information visit www.KidsAndCars.org



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