The following tragic event happened a few days ago, in our neighborhood, about eight houses down from our house. We did not know any of the children involved, but have taken this opportunity to hammer home a few very important reminders to our own kids (and ourselves):
1. If you are a licensed driver, remember that you NEVER leave a running car unattended.
2. No matter who you are, remember that you never EVER play in, or on, or around, or behind, or Heaven forbid, UNDER a running car.
3. And no matter who you are, but especially if you are a young person who hasn’t yet developed a whole lot of common sense, remember that you never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER for any reason whatsoever, I cannot emphasize that strongly enough, get into the driver’s seat of a running car and start farting around.
Metro boy critical after being struck by van
02-29-2008 1:00 AM
(Oklahoma City, OK) --— A 15-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being struck by a church van on Wednesday. About 5:50 p.m., a van belonging to the Church of the Harvest, 6800 North Bryant Ave., in Oklahoma City, stopped in front of a youth pastor's house. "She had stopped to pick up some kids and had gone inside to the restroom and some kids got to messing around inside and outside the van," said officer Jack Jenks of the police department. During the horseplay, a 15-year-old boy had crawled under the van to retrieve some compact discs when a 14-year-old boy got in the driver's seat and put the van in drive, rolling a tire onto the boy and pinning him beneath a wheel. The youth pastor, Kendall K., came outside and backed the van off of the boy, Jenks said. Police would not release the identities of the students. Jenks said the 15-year-old was in critical condition at the OU Health Sciences Center.