VIDEO: Boy on scooter smashed by a car sparks debate about who is to blame

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Dashcam footage taken of the exact moment a three-year-old boy in the U.K. crosses the street and smashes into a car is causing people on social media to question who’s really at fault here.

It’s common knowledge that children under the age of ten are not capable of crossing the street by themselves, but in the video, the boy can be seen darting ahead of his mother and two other children on a scooter instead of waiting with the group for the sedan to drive past.

Footage taken from the car behind shows the boy, who’s wearing a helmet, cross the first half of the road with the group. However, when the mom stops, the boy doesn’t.

After the child hits the side of a passing Audi, the car stops and the mother runs over to pick him up while the driver gets out to check on him.

Crying and holding his arm, the little boy is escorted by his mother to the side of the road while another woman comes over to guide the other two children to safety.  Not spending more than a few seconds with her son, the mother then leaves the boy to pick up the scooter off the street and tells the man who hit the boy to go on his way.  The man ignores the woman, and the two walk back to the boy.

One viewer of the video blamed the mother, stating, “Unbelievable how unaware some parents can be! That was a second or two from a fatal accident. Anyone blaming the driver here needs stay indoors or only leave with proper supervision.”

Another viewer addressed the danger of scooters, noting, “These things are lethal. See something potentially like this every morning and afternoon. Kids scooting ahead across driveways and downhill at speed along busy roads.”

The driver was also blamed, with another viewer saying, “He should have recognized the hazard way back, slowed right down to a stop and then ceded priority to the pedestrians to allow them to cross as is their lawful right and removes the hazard completely. Driver ignored the hazard and failed to cede priority so is in the wrong; end of story.”

The driver was let off the hook by another person, who commented, “Wow that was close. The car being half a second later could have made it worse. But then again the driver looked like he was paying attention quite well, braking very quickly too.”

Who’s to blame?  The kid, the mother, the driver, or all of them?  Sound off by sending TEAM DML your comments using the submit news button.

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