Woman leaves child on highway as cars start
Tow-truck driver Chris Kandelaars videos the moment that a woman crossing a Clayton intersection with a pram, leaves a second child behind her once cars had started.PT1M18S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dvdz 620 349 February 5, 2013
Police have blasted the behaviour of a young mother who tried to cross a major intersection with her children despite a pedestrian light flashing red.
The mother and her two children – one in a pram – were left with three lanes to cross when the traffic lights at the corner of the Princes Highway and Wellington Road in Clayton turned to green.
They narrowly avoided being hit by traffic taking off and just made it to the median strip.
Tow-truck driver Chris Kandelaars, who filmed the incident, told radio station 3AW the woman and her children were lucky not to have been killed.
"The woman was almost hit by the first car (that took off). It could have ended up with three deaths then and there," he said. "It was amazing to watch. There's nothing you can do about it ... just to watch her, it was terrifying to see."
Mr Kandelaars said the child who was not in the pram – a boy of about eight – was lagging behind his mother and came particularly close to being hit.
"The woman had left her child behind," he said.
"He also came pretty close (to being hit). The cars that took off would have got a fright to see him there."
Inspector David Griffin of the State Highway Patrol told 3AW the incident was "astounding" and "horrifying" and said the three were lucky they were not injured or killed.
He said the incident warranted charges of jaywalking but there was little prospect of identifying the woman.