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Local Experts Give Tips To Avoid Cars Hitting Children After Tragedy

The death of a young daughter of Christian music superstar Steven Curtis Chapman occurred Wednesday when an SUV driven by the girl's teenage brother struck her in the driveway of their Nashville home.

KSMU's Jennifer Moore talked with local safety experts on why this type of tragic accident is so common, and how it can best be prevented.

Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States.

One of the most tragic types of accident is when a child is killed by a car backing out of a garage or driveway. Often, the driver is a parent or relative.

Daphne Greenlee, of the Safe Kids program in Springfield, joined me outside near her own vehicle to talk about some safety tips to avoid this same tragedy.

Again, that was Daphne Greenelee of the Safe Kids program. Other prevention tips she offered were:

1. Know where your children are when you back out.

2. Roll down your window so you can hear what's happening outside your vehicle.

3. Teach children to move away from a vehicle whenever it's started.

For KSMU News, I'm jennifer Moore.