The tragic death of a Perth toddler run over in her driveway leads to an investigation into car reversing sensors
The tragic death of a toddler who was accidentally run over and killed in her family’s driveway has made a review of car reverse gear sensors mandatory.
Nineteen-month-old Aurora Ellis died after being accidentally hit by her mother when she reversed her Toyota LandCruiser to the driveway of their home in Bayswater, Perth, on June 6.
Now grieving parents of toddler Lara and Preston have launched a campaign to introduce ‘Aurora’s Law’ and demand that remote sensors be installed in every car, including second-hand vehicles.
Road Safety Secretary Michelle Roberts has vowed to make Aurora Law a reality after being touched by their harrowing story Monday night.
Lara Ellis is on a mission to make sure the tragic death of her daughter Aurora is not in vain
“I am very much with them [Aurora’s parents] because we believe that we should not import any car into Australia that does not have that reverse sensor, ”said Ms. Roberts Seven news.
“The second problem is retrofitting, which I am going to look at very closely with the Road Safety Committee.”
Aurora’s parents are on a mission to make sure their little girl’s tragic death was not in vain.
“I’m sure if we had reverse sensors, our little lady would still be here,” said Mr. Ellis.
“We have pool gates, we have so many other things, we have airbags in our cars. We have everything I think helps us to protect us.
“Every day is a struggle to breathe, so if we can stop just one child from coming in like ours, I’ll be happy.”
His wife fears that many more young lives will be lost if Aurora law is not enacted.
“If we hadn’t spoken, how many other people would have been injured?” Ellis said.
“That’s why we had to do this, not because we wanted to, but because we had to.”
Her husband added, “Otherwise we have blood on our hands.”
Preston Ellis said that Aurora (right) was a barrel of mischief before her life was cut short
According to the Road Safety Commission of Western Australia, one child is run over in their own driveway in Australia every week.
More than a third of children under the age of six who died in an accident died off-road in the yard, parking lot and driveway.
Nine children have been killed in driveways in Western Australia over the past decade.
Motor Trade Association of WA director Stephen Moir believes that Aurora law should be rolled out across the country.
“One of the problems we’ve had historically is that we have different rules in different states,” he said.
But he believes that a subsidy may be needed for second-hand vehicles, since the average age for cars in Western Australia is over 10 years old.
Aurora’s mom Lara Ellis broke down when she first spoke about the tragedy this week
Aurora’s death occurred 10 months after a 14-month-old girl was run over and killed by a car in a driveway in the suburb of Caversham in Perth.
The toddler’s parents have since contacted the Ellis family to provide support.
Aurora’s parents have also recalled the shocking split second that changed their lives forever hoping that no other parent will have the same nightmare.
“I was turning around and she was there … and I didn’t even see her,” Ms. Ellis told the Channel Seven program Flash point.
“And then she’ll be gone and our family will never be the same again.”
Her husband was then cooking.
Little Aurora and her sister Indiana played at their father’s feet shortly before he heard his wife’s harrowing screams from outside.
“It was a scream I’ve never heard before, and it’s a scream that I hope never to hear again. It was terrible, “said Mr. Ellis.
The broken parents say the tragedy has brought them closer together.
Ms. Ellis had turned Toyota LandCruiser (pictured) when tragedy struck
Five days after Aurora died, Mr. Ellis posted a heartbreaking tribute when he urged everyone to “not sweat.”
“Please breathe today, appreciate the air in your lungs,” he wrote on a Perth community Facebook page.
Please slow down and notice that anything that falls on the rain leaves the heat of a cup of coffee. Please hug whom you love and hold them so tightly and kiss their head for me. ‘
“My memories are haunted by images of my baby that no parent should have ever seen.”
Preston and Lara Ellis are now campaigning for Aurora Law in memory of their little girl