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Safe Kids Louisville says vehicle backover deaths can be prevented

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 5-year-old girl died in the Beechmont neighborhood Thursday after police say her uncle accidentally ran over her with his car. 

It was just four days after Sasher Thaw had turned 5 years old. 

Back in March, an 18-month-old child was killed in Springfield. Police say the toddler was celebrating Easter with his parents and other family when he was hit by a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway.

"No matter where you are, whether it's a wonderful setting like this wherever there are kids around, you need to walk around your vehicle before you get in it and drive off," said Erika Janes with Safe Kids Louisville.

She says older vehicles can be outfitted with rear-view cameras, just like newer cars. But cameras can only do so much, since some people still ignore those. 

Kaylee Kennison, 3, is helped us with a demonstration. We showed that when Kaylee is right behind our vehicle, you can't see her. She moves several feet holding Janes' hand, and you still can only see Janes. We can finally see Kaylee in the rear view mirror after she's away from the car about 30 feet.

"I guess it depends on each car," said Ren Kennison, Kaylee's father. "And it's a bigger car, and it's harder to see visibility-wise, and it's just kind of scary to see that."

The average blind zone is 15 to 25 feet.

"Roll down your windows so you can hear somebody hollering at you in case you need to stop suddenly," Janes said.

Statistics show at least 50 children are backed over by vehicles every week, and two die.

"We're looking at over 200 fatalities, and I think they estimate 13,000 injuries every year," Janes said. "This is a preventable one. We know we can prevent this, and we just have to try harder."

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