When builder and father-of-four Peter Cockburn felt a bump under the rear wheel, he knew something & # 39; was wrong & # 39 ;.
But only when he got out of the car did he realize that he had killed his 15-month-old baby girl Georgina.
& # 39; As soon as I got out, I knew what I had done, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; There was no salvation for her, we kept trying, but there was no salvation for her. & # 39;
It is a moment of horror engraved in his mind forever.
Eight years later, Mr. Cockburn devoted his life to trying to prevent the same from happening to other parents.
Peter Cockburn (center) lost his youngest daughter, Georgina, in April 2011. He had turned over his trailer in the family garage, not realizing she was inside
Cockburn and his wife Emma tried desperately to save the young person, but it was to no avail (photo is the scene after the accident)
The tragedy occurred when Cockburn returned to work on a construction site in Young, NSW, in April 2011, and put his trailer in the garage of their newly built home.
Georgina died of her injuries almost immediately, destroying her parents and three siblings.
Cockburn said he fell to pieces at the moments after the accident and described his grief as & # 39; a double blow & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I lost my daughter and I caused the accident & # 39 ;, he said.
In the days that followed, both parents were in a dark place. Cockburn says he couldn't get himself into the garage for two weeks in a row.
The 15-month-old girl (photo) died & # 39; almost immediately & # 39 ;, leaving her parents traumatized and determined to try and stop the accident that happened to someone else
& # 39; There were many what-ifs going on; what I did and did not do, & he said. & # 39; It doesn't feel real, but you wake up every day and it's the same – you can't handle it and you can't change it.
& # 39; At that time we had three other beautiful children that we had to look after, leaving you out of bed. & # 39;
In the end, it was little Georgina's memory that helped them find a new goal — to make sure it didn't happen to anyone else.
The family has it Georgina Josephine Foundation, which provides a network and support service for other families affected by similar accidents, and works to educate drivers and parents on how to prevent them from going through what the Cockburn family did.
The foundation also works to emphasize the shocking frequency of low-speed vehicle throughputs – which they think kill a child every month. This year alone nine children were killed in this type of accident.
& # 39; We made a promise to Georgy that we would do our best to prevent this from happening to anyone, & # 39; said Cockburn.
& # 39; It keeps her alive for us, we don't forget her, the whole family helps with these events, and the children. We treat it as spending time with Georgy, even though we can't physically be with her. & # 39;
Cockburn said there were easy ways in which parents and drivers could protect themselves and others.
Cockburn and his wife Emma (pictured with Georgina) started the Georgina Josephine Foundation, where they try to educate parents and drivers about how everyone can be safe in vehicles
The foundation also supports families who have lost children in similar accidents to those who claimed Georgina's life
The foundation encourages parents to look at ways in which they can restrict access to their garage, whether it is to build a fence along the driveway, to lay barriers at the entrance or to get a self-closing door to the house .
Drivers learn that there is a blind spot around a car, a car that extends up to 10 meters behind the vehicle, depending on the size.
& # 39; You are literally reversing without any view, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Cockburn said that installing a rear view camera is a big help, but it had to be used in combination with other mirrors on the car to be effective. The builder said he also wanted drivers to focus more on the original road rules against speeding, drunk driving and keeping their eyes on the road.
& # 39; The risk we are currently taking is caught by the police, but the biggest risk is for the innocent people (around you) who are likely to become your loved ones, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The greatest risk is having to live with what you have done. & # 39;
GEORGINA JOSEPHINE FOUNDATION & # 39; S SAFETY TIPS – 3 S & # 39; S
monitoring – Keep an eye on our children
Divorce – Keep children away from our cars, especially in our home environment – using some sort of fence or physical barrier
See – Look around before you get in the car, make sure you see it before you drive anywhere, and keep checking it constantly while you are driving
The Cockburn family is practicing what they preach. Since Georgy's tragic death, Peter has worked with friends on the development of an electric garage door that stops opening if movement is detected inside.
The family has put barriers on the door that led from their home to the garage, installed a self-closing device and made sure that the door swung in to prevent sharpened children with a chair from reaching the lever they had raised to 1.5 m from the ground.
And while they have dedicated their lives to improving safety on our roads, Peter, Emma and their three children still take the time to remind Georgia of the bustling child she was.
& # 39; We have a garden in which she played, so we turned it into a Georgian garden & # 39 ;, Cockburn explained.
& # 39; At the anniversary we get a lot of candles, we have a bit of a bonfire and we sing our favorite songs – Five Little Ducks and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. & # 39;
As time goes on, Cockburn says his pain has never faded.
& # 39; It never gets easier – it actually gets harder & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; You miss them more as time goes on.
& # 39; We always know, every day that you wake up, you know in your mind what they would do, how they would be and you start blaming yourself again. & # 39;
The family has given her a part of the youngster's favorite part of her garden and called it & # 39; Georgy & # 39; s Garden & # 39;
On the anniversary of her death, the family gathers there, lights candles and sings her favorite songs: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Five Little Ducks
Knowing what he knows now, Cockburn encourages every driver to sign the promise for Fatality Free Friday.
Drivers are encouraged to do their bit to achieve a single day where not one road prevents death throughout Australia.
The hope is that the extra caution used on Friday will still be exercised in the following days, months and years.
Mr. Cockburn said for many drivers that it can only be a small change in the mindset that keeps them from surviving the nightmare he had to endure.
& # 39; Reduce the risk by not thinking "it won't happen to me", but "it can happen to me, what can I do to prevent it", & # 39; he said.
And while the family has turned the worst day of their lives into a way to help others, they say there's nothing special about what they do.
& # 39; I don't think we are strong, I think we do what we have to do to change people's minds, so they don't experience what we've been through.
& # 39; If we can use our experience and knowledge to change the way we live, we might save a child's life, so it's worth it. & # 39;
Mr. and Mrs. Cockburn encourage parents to install fencing along their driveway to form a physical barrier between cars coming to the site and their children
They have also raised the height of the door that leads from their house to the garage so that it is out of reach for their young children (photo)
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