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Old 07-15-2011, 05:56 AM
 
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The story of the 3 year old girl who when for a walk by herself across Lynn Road and 2 or more blocks down North Hills Drive. How many people are as guilty as her father of not doing something about the situation? How could anyone drive a car past a 3 year old walking alone and not stop and check on her? I do not understand people.

 
Old 07-15-2011, 06:14 AM
 
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The story of the 3 year old girl who when for a walk by herself across Lynn Road and 2 or more blocks down North Hills Drive. How many people are as guilty as her father of not doing something about the situation? How could anyone drive a car past a 3 year old walking alone and not stop and check on her? I do not understand people.
Agreed to some extent. We are in such a litigious society today and people are afraid that somebody is going to slap them with a lawsuit for some reason or not.

It is sad. Nobody wants to help anybody nowadays.
 
Old 07-15-2011, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If it is the part of Lynn Road near the school, it isn't that busy on weekdays. I wonder how many people actually saw her? I can't imagine people NOT stopping if they saw a 3 year old, alone, in the street. Makes no sense to me.

Vicki
 
Old 07-15-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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Oh come on. In a quick drive by, while people are paying attention to, um, driving, you can't expect them to analyze every nearby pedestrian and calculate their age and visually scour the surrounding territory to determine if anyone else is nearby. "As guilty as her father." Please.
 
Old 07-15-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I might not even notice a 3 year old walking alone. On a sidewalk.

This child crossed 4+ lanes of asphalt. I hope it was completely empty. I would surely stop and check on a 3 year old in the middle of a 4 lane thoroughfare and hope that any responsible person would.
 
Old 07-15-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I find it hard to believe that anyone was around or saw her??? I've pulled over several times when I spot a dog loose by the road... usually there are about 2-3 other cars to do so as well. Most people would pull over to make sure a 3 yr old is not alone on the street IMO
 
Old 07-15-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I agree, I stop or swerve for a rabbit or squirrel, nevermind a 3yo...I most definitely would stop if I saw a 3yo walking alone and call 911 immediately...
 
Old 07-15-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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She walked across a 4 lane road completely alone, if anyone saw her and did nothing, they are as guilty as her father. You know someone saw her do it. Lack of response should make you as guilty as the father who fell asleep.
 
Old 07-15-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Most drivers are on cell phones, trying to find an address, texting, thinking about their troubles or weekend, talking to their kids in the back, or doing any one of a number of other activities. The vast majority of drivers don't have the extra mental bandwidth to recognize a lone child and take appropriate steps with all that is going on in their heads.

Most drivers wouldn't notice a yellow gorilla playing basketball on the sidewalk as they drive by, let alone a more common sight like a child.

You're kidding yourself if you think the rest of the people who may have driven by are equally responsible. The caregiver watching the child is solely responsible - period. Let's have him take responsibility for the mistake and stop trying to share blame with other innocent people.
 
Old 07-15-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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You're kidding yourself if you think the rest of the people who may have driven by are equally responsible. The caregiver watching the child is solely responsible - period. Let's have him take responsibility for the mistake and stop trying to share blame with other innocent people.
So, if you run over the kid you just blame the dad for not keeping the kid off the street?

Sorry, just because the dad was a screwup does not absolve ANYONE who saw this child walking in the road and then just drove on. If a young child is standing/walking by themselves in the middle of the road, as an adult you have a moral responsibility to stop and get them to safety (and figure out where mom/dad is or call 911) . Period.
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