Texas Dad Accidentally Locks Infant in Hot Vehicle (VIDEO)
A Texas father was caught on video last week smashing the windshield of his pickup truck.
The man had accidentally locked his keys in his car along with his infant child. As we all know the temperature here in Louisiana and in Texas has been dangerously high for months. As time passed the temperature was quickly rising in the vehicle, and the panicked father grew more anxious.
The incident took place in Harlingen Texas in the parking lot of a grocery store. A small crowd had gathered by the time the desperate dad started pounding the passenger side of the windshield with what appears to be a hammer.
After about 20 seconds of smashing the dad, along with the help from those watching the incident were able to free the infant from the possibly deadly situation.
As we have all heard, heat related deaths are on the rise. No too far from this incident in Fort Worth Texas there have been 4 heat related deaths in July alone. Be sure and always make sure your keys are in your hand when exiting a vehicle, and NEVER forget to check your back-seat.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Over the past 25 years, more than 950 children have died of heatstroke, because they were left or became trapped in a hot car. It’s important for everyone to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke and that all hot car deaths are preventable.
Know the Facts
- A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's. When a child is left in a vehicle, that child's temperature can rise quickly — and the situation can quickly become dangerous.
- Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees.
- A child can die when their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
- In 2022, 33 children died of heatstroke in vehicles.
- In 2018 and 2019, we saw a record number of hot car deaths — 53 children died each year — the most in at least 25 years, according to NoHeatstroke.org.
Parents and Caregivers
1. Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended for any length of time. Rolling windows down or parking in the shade does little to change the interior temperature of the vehicle.
2. Make it a habit to check your entire vehicle — especially the back seat — before locking the doors and walking away.
3. Ask your childcare provider to call if your child doesn’t show up for care as expected.
4. Place a personal item like a purse or briefcase in the back seat, as another reminder to look before you lock. Write a note or place a stuffed animal in the passenger's seat to remind you that a child is in the back seat.
5. Store car keys out of a child's reach and teach children that a vehicle is not a play area.
Everyone — Including Bystanders
Secure Your Car
Always lock your car doors, year-round, so children can’t get into unattended vehicles.
Act Fast. Save a Life.
If you see a child alone in a locked car, act immediately and call 911. A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.