Car runs over and kills 11-month-old baby, police suspect negligent driving

Authorities at the scene of the crime. Photo: Istimewa via Merdeka
Authorities at the scene of the crime. Photo: Istimewa via Merdeka

An 11-month-old baby in Bangli regency died after a car ran over her yesterday morning, making this the second death of a child involving negligent driving in Bali in less than two weeks.

According to reports, a 38-year-old man identified by his initials MADP was reversing his car from the garage when he noticed that he ran over something twice. He got out of the car and found the dead infant under his car.  

The parents of the baby, identified as IGS and NKI, worked in MADP’s house. Police have yet to question either of them as they are still traumatized by the incident.

“They are still witnesses because we have yet to question other witnesses and the parents are still in shock,” Sulhadi, a spokesman from the Bangli Police, said.

For the time being, police said the baby died due to the driver’s negligent driving. It is not yet clear why the baby had been in the driveway in the first place. 

It was only a little over a week ago, on July 20, that a 7-year-old child died after she was struck by a car that was started by her mother in Karangasem regency. 

Authorities said the mother did not check the handbrake before starting the car, so it reversed on its own while the girl was playing behind it. The car reversed with enough speed that it knocked down a 1 meter wall upon collision. 

“The victim was playing behind the car [and was hit] along with a 1 meter wall that collapsed,” I Gede Sunjaya Wirya, chief of Selat sub-precinct, said. 

The child was then taken to the nearby community clinic (Puskesmas), but was pronounced dead upon arrival. 

“Such a pity, it happened because the parents were negligent. We are not processing this [legally] because it involves parents and their child,” Wirya said.

Read more news and updates from Bali here.

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