SUV Backover

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

An Augusta County toddler is still at UVA Medical Center Wednesday after being hit by her mother's SUV Tuesday night in front of her home.

According to the website, www.kidsandcars.org, the number of kids being hit by SUVs is up nationally. However, State Police Sgt. Frank Pyanoe says he can't remember any incidents in our area.

He says, "I don't remember any specific incidents like that from all of my 23 years but that’s not to say that it hasn't happened.”

The accident Tuesday hit home for Art Lilly who owns the business next door to where it happened. He says upon seeing the little girl being taken away on a stretcher, he immediately thought of his girlfriend's two small children.

"It was kind of an emotional thing for me especially because my girl's got two girls, or two kids, a boy and a girl and that’s what I thought in my head, was about those two kids,” says Lilly.

With children around the Valley out trick-or-treating Wednesday night in their costumes, Pyanoe says parents should make sure they're visible to drivers.

"Make sure there’s reflective material on costumes, on dark costumes," says Pyanoe. "Preferably it should be a light colored costume. Carry a flashlight or have your child carry a flashlight that’s illuminated.”


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