Australian rugby great runs over daughter
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.