A dash cam managed to capture the shocking moment a toddler flew out of the backseat of her mother’s car, still strapped to her car seat, directly to the middle of the road. Luckily for the girl, the driver that was behind managed to stop in time and put her to safety.
The incident took place in Mankato, Minnesota on Monday, and was recorded by the dashcam of Chad Cheddar Mock’s vehicle. The man, who later shared the shocking clip on Facebook, said he wouldn’t believe what happened if he hadn’t seen it with his own eyes.
As Mock’s car approaches a curve on the road, the rear door of the vehicle in the front opens, and a little girl flies out into the street. Luckily, she was strapped to her car seat, and it landed sideways, saving the 2-year-old from any harm.
The video shows Cheddar’ hitting the brake and getting out of his car to help the little girl, as her mother drives off without noticing what just happened and leaving her daughter in the middle of the road.
Chad can be seen making sure the child is fine after stopping traffic to avoid getting hit by another car. Other people can also be seen approaching the little girl. Then, another man takes the girl out of the road as Chad gets his car out of the way and into a parking lot.
Police and paramedics arrived at the place minutes later and found the girl didn’t suffer any injury. The girls’ mom reportedly returned to the place 20 minutes later after noticing neither her daughter nor the car seat was in her back seat.
"The young girl was very aware. She wasn’t crying when I picked her up. When more strangers were approaching she was a little more frigidity” Mock told the Mankato Times.
Mankato police said in a statement that the child was buckled correctly in her child seat, but the chair had not been fastened inside the vehicle. It’s not clear how the door managed to open, or how its possible the mother didn’t notice the incident when it happened.
The mother could face charges for child endangerment and not fastening a child restraint system.
Minnesota's Child Passenger Restraint Law, states that “all children under age eight must ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4'9" or taller.”
A few months ago, another dashcam managed to capture the moment a toddler fell out of the trunk of a van in the middle of a busy road in China.
The incident took place in the Wujiang district of Jiangsu province. The boy's grandfather was driving his van and didn't notice that the boy crawled all over the vehicle until he ended up in the trunk. The car stops at the red light, but as the car advances once the light changes, the door of the trunk opens and the child falls on the road.
The child immediately gets up and tries to run after the vehicle since its occupants had not noticed his absence and had continued their way. The running child was rescued by the driver that was behind his grandpa's car.
Eventually, the boy's family realized what happened and went back to retrieve him.
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