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Family of girl, 3, who was run over beg parents to follow one simple step to prevent another tragedy

The death of three-year-old Angel Atkins could have been avoided if it weren’t for one fatal flaw in the home she wandered from into highway traffic where she was hit.

Her parents have begged others to not make the same oversight they did and ensure the locks on the front door of their homes were fitted with a dead bolt, Seven News reported.

Angel was able to twist the lock and wander from her home in Gosnells, south east of Perth, while her parents were sleeping on March 23.

The death of three-year-old Angel Atkins (pictured) could have been avoided if it weren't for one fatal flaw in the home she wandered from into highway traffic where she was hit

The death of three-year-old Angel Atkins (pictured) could have been avoided if it weren’t for one fatal flaw in the home she wandered from into highway traffic where she was hit

She walked towards the busy Albany Highway about 6am where she was fatally struck by Toyota Hilux about 300m from the rented house. 

Her father, Wayne, has urged parents to ensure their leasing agent upheld their responsibility to have a front door dead bolt or triple lock security door. 

Landlords have a legal requirement to provide these safeguards, according to Consumer Protection spokesman David Hillyard.

The incident occurred near the turnoff into Verna Street in Gosnells, 20 kilometres east of the city, near the Gosnells Baptist Church.

Her father, Wayne (pictured), has urged parents to ensure their leasing agent upheld their responsibility to have a front door dead bolt or triple lock security door

Her father, Wayne (pictured), has urged parents to ensure their leasing agent upheld their responsibility to have a front door dead bolt or triple lock security door

Sharon Arkwright, 46, performed CPR on Angel before emergency crews arrived and took her to Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital where she later died.

Mr Atkins held no malice towards the 30-year-old driver who struck his daughter, saying there was nothing he could have done to avoid the situation.    

‘I’ve got no hatred for him, I feel sorry for the poor fella,’ he said.

Ms Arkwright said the driver was distraught when she arrived at the scene, but all she could do was call his mother and tell him it wasn’t his fault.  

She also recalled seeing Angel’s brother in his pyjamas asking first responders if they had seen his sister. 

The incident occurred near the turnoff into Verna Street in Gosnells, 20 kilometres east of the city, near the Gosnells Baptist Church (crash site pictured)

The incident occurred near the turnoff into Verna Street in Gosnells, 20 kilometres east of the city, near the Gosnells Baptist Church (crash site pictured)

 



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