Pregnant mum’s car ran over and killed daughter, 3, in front of her three kids as she was distracted turning on air con

A HEAVILY-PREGNANT mum was trying to turn on the air conditioning when she accidentally ran over and killed her three-year-old daughter.

Amanda Furner was loading her other three children into her car outside the Kiddy Place Learning Centre in Melbourne, Australia when the car lurched back and hit Charlotte Smithers.


Amanda Furner was loading her children into her car when it lurched back and hit her daughter[/caption]


Charlotte Smithers was killed in the incident, which happened on October 14 in Melbourne, Australia[/caption]

Furner says she was turning the air conditioning on to make the car cool for her children in the 26C heat.

She insists the handbrake was on at the time and blames the car, which she believes was faulty, for the October 14 accident.

“I know 100 per cent the car was in park with the handbrake on, but when I went from my door to Charlotte’s door to put her in the car, it rolled back,” she told MailOnline.

“I don’t remember much after that… but the [kindergarten] ladies have told me I was holding her, screaming for help.”

Staff from the centre administered CPR while Amanda was taken inside.

Paramedics attended the scene but were unable to save Charlotte.

Amanda described Charlotte as a “bright, bubble little girl” who “filled everybody’s hearts with lots of love”.

Unable to return to her old home and face Charlotte’s empty bed, Amanda and her family been living in a motel since the accident, but says her funds are now running low.

She has now set up a fundraising page to help pay for a new home to rent.

“I know that I won’t ever fully recover from this, but for the sake of my [unborn] baby boy and my other children, I need to find the strength to rebuild our lives,” she wrote on the page.

“I cannot face going back to our home. It’s far too painful for me.

“I also know that I can’t live at a motel, nor bring my baby boy home there.

“So I am asking, with all of my heart, for your help.”


The accident has also caused problems with Amanda’s pregnancy, and her son is now set to be induced ahead of his December 20 due date.

“My body is still in shock,” she told MailOnline.

“I have grief counselling this week. I’ve been having flashbacks of the accident in my sleep.”

“My body is so sore, it’s still recovering. I have all my left side injured.

“I hit my stomach and the baby suffered as well, his movements have dropped, the hospital is keeping a close eye on him.”

She also intends to sue the company who owned her car, a rent-to-own.

She says she only got the car back from the company a week before the accident, having left it with them for a month after a mechanic told her it was not roadworthy.

She said she would wait on the results of a coroner’s report and a police report before launching legal action.

A spokesperson for Victoria Police said on Wednesday that an investigation was underway, and that no charges had yet been brought.

Detective Sergeant Daryll Out said: “We certainly urge anybody who’s around children to be very careful and mindful that terrible accidents such as these can occur if everyone is not paying full attention to what they are doing.”



Amanda described Charlotte as a ‘bright, bubble little girl’[/caption]


She says she won’t ever recover from her daughter’s death[/caption]


Amanda says she intends to sue the car rental company once the police and coroner have completed their reports[/caption]

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