Infant dies after being run over by car left in gear
Posted on Apr 08, 2011
A car accidentally left in gear killed an infant girl and injured her brother and mother on March 25 in northern Prince George's County.
According to officials from the Prince George's County Police Department, the mother, 28, was dropping off her children at a babysitter's house around 9 a.m. in the 8300 block of Montpelier Drive when the accident occurred.
The mother stopped the car in the driveway, which was on a slight incline, but apparently forgot to put the car in park.
Just as she finished taking the baby out of the car, she heard screams from her 3-year-old son near the back of the car and realized that the vehicle was moving.
With the baby still in her arms, the mother ran to the aid of her son, but the open driver's side door knocked her and the baby under the car.
The vehicle ran over all three family members, injuring the mother and toddler boy and fatally wounding 3-month-old Sarah Aryeequaye.
Neighbors heard the screaming and rushed to the scene. One called 911 while another immediately began CPR on the baby, but it quickly became apparent that the baby would not survive.
Cpl. Mike Rodriguez of the Prince George's County Police Department called the incident a tragic accident. Though the driveway was only slightly inclined, a police reconstruction of the Maryland fatal accident showed the car quickly picking up speed.
Police declined to name the mother or boy, who live in Laurel, Maryland. They were both taken to a nearby hospital and were expected to survive.
The personal injury attorneys at Nickelsporn & Lundin offer our condolences to the family of Sarah Aryeequaye.