Child Dies Trapped in Car Window in Virginia

Latest tragedy reveals another danger of leaving children unattended in cars: power windows.

Latest tragedy reveals another danger of leaving children unattended in cars.
Latest tragedy reveals another danger of leaving children unattended in cars.
There's a growing awareness of the danger of leaving children in a hot car, but a new tragedy in Chesterfield County may be a wake-up call for parents on another threat: power windows.

After leaving her car unattended for a few minutes late Tuesday, a mother returned to find that her 2-year-old daughter had died when her head and neck became trapped in the car window.

Mikayla “Twinkle” Thurston of Richmond was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. 

CBS6 reports that witnesses heard the mother screaming as she tried to revive the little girl. There have not been any charges filed in the death, according to both media outlets.

Deaths of children trapped in windows is rare — only 1 in 2010, compared with 49 heat-related deaths, according to safety site KidsandCars.org, which tracks nontraffic child fatalities.

But injuries are more common. A 2007 study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 2,000 people are treated each year for injuries related to power windows, and that half of those are children, according to Kids and Cars.

Pookie June 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Must be hard for you to tolerate the rest of us flawed and very human beings. Stay perfect.
Robert Braxton June 19, 2014 at 02:42 PM
I lived for nine years in New York City and rode the subway trains all those years. The closing doors are programmed (or operated) to re-open when striking an obstruction. I believe the same is true of my "automatic" garage door closer / opener. It seems that power windows could be engineered to behave the same -- which leads me to the observation - our power windows do not operate when the car's power is off (we have 2005 Prius) so how was this possible? Was the engine lef running?
sklogw June 19, 2014 at 02:49 PM
It's called rear view mirrors and windows. I don't buy the story. I think criminal charges should be in order.
Sandra Bishop June 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I could see putting the child in the car, while it's running, for a/c, while unloading packages in the trunk...and then returning the cart to the cart parking area. That would take a few minutes, not negligent or criminal. That said, was the child in a car seat? Shouldn't be able to reach the power window switch while in a car seat. Also should lock the power windows from the driver's panel, so kids in back can't open them.
Lorraine Terpening July 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM
I have roll up by hand windows. Always have!


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