Backing over 6 year old on bike - Driver Discussion

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Photog, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Prayers to the family of the boy and to the UPS driver.

    According to police, the UPS driver was making deliveries at the apartment complex Friday afternoon and was backing up into a parking space.

    The driver checked his mirrors, a backup camera and honked the horn before backing up, police said.

    The boy had been riding behind the vehicle when he was struck. He was not wearing a helmet.


    No citations were issued to him.
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The truly sad part is that it was totally preventable.
     
  3. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Who lets a 6 year old ride unsupervised in a parking lot?
     
  4. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Perhaps all comments should be deleted if we cannot talk about this horrific news story?
     
  5. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Do you mean preventable by the driver?
     
  6. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Are you sure he was unsupervised?
     
  7. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    I am. I say that because police still don't know who was watching the boy.
     
  8. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I see it all the time in apartment complexes and cul de sacs. Many residents view those areas as their private playgrounds.

    A situation like this is a nightmare for the driver, the supes and the family of the child. I feel for all of them.
     
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  9. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    That would be indicative of unsupervised.
     
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes. A quick walk around the vehicle may have prevented this tragedy.
     
  11. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I thought he was backing in. As he approached there was no child. Was there anything to tip the driver off as to walking to the back of the vehicle?
     
  12. You only have to lose concentration for one second.

    How do you ever overcome that?

    Truly sad for all involved.
     
  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Someone watching the kid could have as well. The second a truck, or any vehicle pulls in, everything stops. That bike is in my site at all times if I'm watching a 6 year old.
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I wasn't there so I have no idea.
     
  15. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    We can 2nd guess everything about this till hell won't have us and in the end, the kid will still be dead and nothing will change that.

    Maybe there was something that could have prevented it, but maybe there could not have been. I suspect that we will never know and quite frankly, I am fine with that.
     
  16. In a city environment, its all too common. Small unsupervised kids everywhere.
     
  17. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

  18. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    Please keep your kids from playing/riding in parking lots.
    It's an effed up situation. I hope the driver keeps his job and his sanity.
    accidents happen...
    Peace be with the family.
     
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  19. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    Heard about this in this morning's PCM.

    Truly sad.
     
  20. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Active Member

    No doubt this may have prevented the tragedy. I know they talk about it at driving school, but I'd love to see a show of hands from all the drivers who have ever gotten out and looked behind their vehicles. I'll bet it's a pretty small number.