Australian rugby great runs over daughter

10/22/2005 at 03:19 AM ET

Former Australian rugby union great Phil Kearns has accidentally run over his 19 month old daughter, Andie,  in the driveway of their Sydney home. A spokesman from The Children’s Hospital at Randwick released a statement saying, "The 19-month-old daughter of Phil and Julie Kearns was involved in a motor vehicle accident earlier this morning …  She suffered predominantly abdominal injuries … (and) remains in a critical but stable condition." The police are investigating the incident and also released a statement, "The family is obviously deeply distressed by this incident …  I’m sure everybody’s sympathy and best wishes are with them at this difficult time." Phil and his wife Julie have three children. He was recently named in the Wallabies team of the decade for 1996 – 2005.

Statistics on children being run over in driveways are very disturbing. According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau one child is run over in their driveway in Australia every week. Kidsafe Western Australia has released a ‘Safety in the driveway’ factsheet.

Source: News.com.au and Sydney Morning Herald

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eurochild on

OMG! That’s horrible!

joy on

goodness that’s terrible. Hope the baby pulls through okay.

Kresta on

Unfortunatley this happens all too often and my heart goes out to the family and I hope their daughter recovers. I wish that someone would invent a device that could alert the driver that a child or animal or any object is in the path of the reversing car and make it mandatory on all cars.

isabella on

Yes, this is terrible, and I bet Phil is feeling awful over it. I hope his daughter pulls through without any future problems. I have to agree with Kresta, something has to be done about this, because you hear it happening all too often. My heart goes out to Andie, and I hope she gets out of hospital soon.

Lauren22 on

That is terrible.😦

Kresta: there is actually something that can be attached to vehicles for this exact purpose. Here is a link: http://www.stratusgroupsite.com/

starlight_perfume on

I think I would have had a heart attack as soon as I found out it was my daughter i had hit. I cant even imagine how that must have felt for them.

Christina on

That is terrible and actually hits a little close to home. My grandfather was driving a garbage truck years ago and was backing up out of his driveway when his six year old son (my uncle) ran behind the truck. He ran him over and killed him. I can’t imagine the pain my grandfather must have went through. My heart goes out to this family and I hope the daughter pulls through it.

Kresta on

Thanks for that link Lauren. I think enough of these tragedies happen to make it mandatory to have them fitted to all vehicles, especially the 4WD and SUV type vehicles that have become so popular with families of young children. Andie remains on a respirator in a critical but stable condition. Phil Kearns has helped to raise a lot of money for sick children and now his daughter is using the very equipment to save her life that he helped fund raise for. Christina, I am sorry for your family’s loss and it must have been a lifelong struggle for your grandfather to come to terms with.

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