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A five-year-old boy died after he was trapped inside an old vehicle parked in the yard of his family’s house in Al Ain city.
Colonel Mubarak Al Sabousi, Director of Al Ain Police Directorate, said that the Mezid Police Station was alerted by the Command and Control Centre about a child found unconscious inside a car.
The preliminary investigations showed that the child entered the vehicle through its rear door, which was then locked from inside preventing him from getting out. While searching for the child, his family found him confined inside that vehicle.
They rushed him to the nearest health centre. Unfortunately, he was already dead, the centre confirmed.
He urged residents and motorists not to leave vehicles unlocked or children unattended inside vehicles as it could lead to critical risks like suffocation or death due to high temperatures.
He further stressed the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Police to increase awareness of families and the various segments of society, calling on parents to assume their responsibilities towards their children, taking safety precautions to reduce child accidents in vehicles.
The Abu Dhabi Police expressed deep regret for the painful incident, extending its heartfelt and sincere condolences to his family.
The Emirati man was identified through the fingerprint process and the police suspect no foul play in his death.
The mother of the three children — a boy, 15, and his two sisters, 12 and 11 — sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Brigadier Salem Bin Barak Al-Dhahiri, Director of the Traffic department of the Al-Ain district of Traffic and Patrols Department in the central operations sector, said preliminary investigations attributed the cause of the accident as overspeeding and sudden change of lanes.
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