Sunday 26 May, 2019

Watch: Thai baby in walker killed after rolling into path of lorry

An eight-month-old boy in a baby walker was crushed to death after rolling into the path of a lorry - while his mother played on her phone.

The baby, named Nontawat Saingam, was playing in the front yard of the home in Samut Prakan, central Thailand, on Thursday afternoon.

But while his mother, Wilawan Pitpan, 32, chatted to a friend on social media, he managed to push open the gate at the front of the home and roll down the driveway into the road.

CCTV shows how an oncoming truck tried to swerve out of the way but the baby was hit by the rear wheels. The baby was killed instantly after suffering a fractured skull and broken right leg.

 

Devastated mother Wilawan was seen running into the road seconds later and picking up the boy. His stroller was left in pieces on the road.

Wilawan told reporters she had been watching her son play but did not notice when he opened the one-metre-high metal gate, which was not tightly shut.

Wilawan said she left the child unattended for a while as she was distracted by the conversation with her sister on the Line chat application.

The baby then pushed the walker hard to open the gate and rolled into the road straight into the pathway of the truck.

The mother said: “I didn’t know how long I kept looking at my phone and texting with my sister. But I was very shocked when I saw the walker disappeared and the gate was opened.

“I rushed outside and saw what had happened. I called the rescue foundation. I was trying to think that he was just unconscious so they could save him. But then I knew I was wrong.’’

Truck driver Sanan Sopapong, 61, said that he was driving away from a house construction four kilometres away when the walker slid on the road in front of him.

He said: “I couldn’t drive fast because the road is very narrow. I was shocked to see the walker suddenly rolled very close to the truck. I tried to swerve but the walker instead went under the back wheel.”

The driver immediately stopped his truck and helped to try and revive the baby while waiting for the police. Nontawat’s body has been delivered to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy while police are continuing their investigation.

The regretful mother added: “Now I really wish I could turn back time. I should’ve been more careful and I would never let him out of my sight, ever.”

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