Here’s a piece of mine ran on the newish site Heat fybesdrrsz
Street. I wanted to share it with you too — with an update:
Whenever I suggest that it should be up to the parents to decide if it makes sense to take a child out of the car while they run a brief errand, someone smugly reminds me of this or that tragic story of a child who died in a car.
Almost always (I’d say always, but there may be an outlier), it is the story of a child forgotten there for hours, not simply waiting while mom gets the milk or dry cleaning. But people feel that this extremely rare death nonetheless illustrates the dangers of something that is 99.99% safe*.
So here is this unspeakably sad story of a boy killed while crossing the parking lot with his mom and sister. Ah, I can’t even imagine the sorrow. I hate writing about it.
I do so only to remind us all that there is no such thing as perfect safety. And since there isn’t, parents should be allowed to decide FOR THEMSELVES which very-safe-but-not-perfectly-safe errand-running option they wish to choose.
SAN JOSE — A 6-year-old boy who was holding his mother’s hand was hit and killed by a car Thursday night in the Oakridge Mall parking lot in South San Jose….
He and his mother were walking at 9:34 p.m. when they were hit by a gray 2015 Mercedes traveling at a “low speed,” according to police….
“On a typical sunny day, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach a potentially deadly level within minutes,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “There is no excuse for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a few minutes.”