Boy's mother issues safety warning after terrifyingly close-call accident
The mother of a young boy involved in a terrifying incident in a runaway car on Sydney’s northern beaches has issued a safety warning to other families.
Jackson Smith was getting ready for a football game when he jumped into the family car to search for his mouthguard last Friday.
It was then that the eight-year-old accidentally knocked the car into transmission and the vehicle began to roll down the driveway, despite the handbrake being on.
“He wasn’t even gone a minute and I heard the crunching of gears,” Jackson’s mother, Lisa Smith, told 9NEWS.
“I saw the car disappearing down into the units. As soon as the residents came running out I screamed, ‘is my son in the car?’.
The Ford Falcon rolled away from the home, crossed two lanes of traffic and plunged over an embankment on the other side of Seaview Road – finally coming to a stop in a neighbour’s front yard.
“We’re just really lucky that he’s still here with us,” Ms Smith said.
Neighbours who also saw the incident unfold told 9NEWS they were surprised the boy made it out of the car unharmed, particularly because of the speed that cars travel on the street.
“I saw this massive car come down the road and into a ditch. I saw a kid get out of the car,” Gemma Wood said.
“He was really freaked out. I was surprised there wasn’t a mark on him.
“He was a little panicked and a little shocked, but he was perfectly fine.”
The scary accident was enough for Jackson’s mother to warn other parents to keep an eye on their children.
“Never leave your child unsupervised,” she said.
“(Despite) how safe you think they are, something simple like this can happen in a split second.
“I’m just so glad there wasn’t any horrendous collisions because that would’ve been marked in my mind forever. I’m really glad someone was watching over him and we still have him today.”