A Minnesota driver captured video of the moment a toddler, strapped into a car seat, fell out of a moving vehicle and onto the road.
On Jan. 14, Chad Cheddar Mock was driving in Mankato, Minnesota, when his vehicle’s dash camera recorded a dangerous incident involving a toddler.
As Mock was driving, the rear door of the vehicle in front of him suddenly opened while the vehicle was in motion.
A toddler fell out of the vehicle and onto the road. The child remained securely strapped in a car seat, which took the brunt of the fall.
Mock immediately came to a stop and rushed out to check on the child, a 2-year-old whose name has not been released.
Mock waved at oncoming traffic to slow drivers down as other passersby stopped to help.
According to KMSP-TV, the person driving the vehicle did turn around to return to the child.
Few details about the incident are available at the time of writing, but police did say that the child was properly fastened in the car seat.
The car seat, however, was not strapped into the backseat of the vehicle.
Emergency response crews determined that the child was uninjured in the fall.
According to KMSP, police are investigating to determine the details of the incident.
It is possible that the driver will face charges in regard to child endangerment and violation of the child restraint law.
Mock posted the dashcam video to his Facebook page, where it has been viewed nearly half a million times in two days.
“If it didn’t happen in front of me, I’d never have believed it,” Mock said.
He added that the ending was “very lucky,” compared to what could have ended in tragedy.
Thankfully, the toddler was physically unharmed after the fall.
For parents and grandparents of young children, it’s always a good idea to double check a child’s car seat restraint system, especially if a booster seat or car seat is moved to and from different vehicles.
Don’t wait until the child you love has fallen onto the road to realize the car seat is not properly secured in a vehicle.
Child passenger safety laws are available by state on AAA’s Digest of Motor Laws page.
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