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Body of 2-year-old child sent flying when hit by BMW, whose driver, unfortunately, could not break in time

Warning: Disturbing Content - This lamentable accident was caused by child negligence of his parents.

A dashcam clip of this harrowing scene in Taichung was uploaded onto a Taiwanese social network this morning, which shows a 2-year-old boy rushing out onto the open road, shortly before getting slammed in the face by a BMW, sending the child flying. The boy's crying mother immediately ran to him and picked him up. An ambulance took the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was put in the intensive care unit for further observation.

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According to the authorities, the accident occurred at around 2 pm on the 1st of September, when Mr Xu Nan, 53, who was driving a BMW with a female friend of his along Taiyuan Road to Yongxing Street, when he struck a 2-year-old boy, surnamed Wang, who scurried out onto Green Park Road between two cars. The boy was flung onto the ground and skidded a few metres before colliding with the wheel of another car, passing out. Their parents quickly ran to him and called 199 for the ambulance and police.

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A fire-fighting unit reported to the scene and rushed the boy to the hospital attached with China Medical University for emergency treatment. The boy's head, hands, knees and many other areas were scrapped and bruised. Luckily, he is also awake and can breathe without assistance, and is currently in a stable condition, but is nonetheless kept in the intensive care unit.

Further investigation shows that the road concerned is a one-way street with no zebra crossing, and the speed limit was 50 km/h. By virtue of the dashcam video, it is currently determined that there was no obvious violation in driving conduct since the accident was out of the driver's control. However, the details of the accident have yet to be made public.

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Li Jianmin, the traffic squad leader of the Second Branch of Zhongshi City, said that the Road Traffic Safety Rules stipulate, under Article 139, that "Parents or guardians of children under the age of 14 must not allow them to cross car lanes or roads with frequent traffic on their own", and breaking this law could result in a fine of 300 yuan.