Toddler run over after falling out of car in Johor

JOHOR BARU • A two-year-old boy was killed after falling out of the family car and being run over by another vehicle behind it.

The boy - identified as Jayden Goh Hao Zheng - died while on the way to the hospital during the 8.20pm incident in Jalan Lebuh Cemerlang on Saturday, The Star newspaper reported yesterday.

Investigations revealed that the victim suffered severe injuries to the head. Jayden's father was said to be driving and his mother was in the front passenger seat when the incident happened, the New Straits Times reported.

According to Guang Ming Daily, Jayden's two older sisters were also in the back seat. They were not hurt.

The family of five were on their way home when tragedy struck.

Jayden was seated on the left in the back seat, Guang Ming Daily reported. "The incident occurred when the victim, who was sitting in the rear passenger seat, fell out of the vehicle after the passenger door opened as the car was making a U- turn," The Star said, quoting Seri Alam district police chief Jokhiri Abd Aziz.

The boy fell on the road and was hit by another vehicle travelling behind the family car, Guang Ming Daily reported. "The victim was rushed to the Sultan Ismail Hospital and was pronounced dead while on his way there," Superintendent Jokhiri said in a statement yesterday, according to The Star.

Jayden's maternal uncle told Guang Ming Daily that the boy's mother could not rush out of the car in time to pick him up from the road. The uncle added that his distraught sister had been blaming herself after the incident, saying that it would not have happened had she sat in the back with the children.

It is believed that the car's child safety lock was not engaged when the incident happened.

Jayden was an active and adorable child, his uncle added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2016, with the headline 'Toddler run over after falling out of car in Johor'. Subscribe