October 22, 2003
by Scott Hunter
Albany-- A two-year-old who was run over by a car Tuesday, is in guarded condition, but still stable, at an Atlanta hospital.
Charles Roberts, Jr. was playing with his brothers around a broken down Lincoln when one of the boys pulled the transmission out of park.
The car rolled over Charles' chest and skull. He was air lifted to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta.
Now, family members say the boy is undergoing treatment for injuries to his liver, but he is expected to recover.
Police say accidents involving a child behind the wheel of a vehicle are rare in the county but not unheard of. Even parked vehicles can be dangerous for young children looking for a place to play.
"We have to be very cautious out here..." Lydia Rush lives just blocks away from the home where Charles was almost crushed by a damaged vehicle.
Her five grandchildren play around the neighborhood that puts her on high alert. "Its scary you know, because it a lot of them and they don't have an area to play in," said Rush.
For children looking for a place to play, vehicles might look like fun, but can be a dangerous playground. They are a hazardous to the small kids.
"You know they get inside the vehicle," said APD Corporal Andrew Hayslip. "They can become trapped inside the vehicle."
Police say if even if you own a vehicle that is out of service, you still must take steps to make sure the vehicle is safe.
Corporal Hayslip says owners should keep car doors locked and emergency brakes set. Owners can be responsible for any injuries or accidents caused by unattended vehicles they own.
If you have a car that you want to get rid of, most wrecker services will take the vehicle to a junk yard free of charge.
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