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Mum hit by car after pushing kids to safety

TT/Joel Linde · 31 Dec 2011, 14:50

Published: 31 Dec 2011 14:50 GMT+01:00

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The accident occurred at 11.40am in Södra Sandby outside of Lund in southern Sweden as the women and her two children were crossing the street at a crosswalk.

Suddenly a car approached in high speed, and the woman's motherly instincts kicked in.

"She managed to save her two children by pushing them," Helena Ralmark at the Skåne police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The cost of her heroism was that she herself was struck by the car and sustained serious injuries, although not life threatening, Ralmark said.

After the accident the woman was taken to the Lund University Hospital, along with her children who reportedly didn't suffer any physical injuries.

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The driver was still on the site when police arrived, and was as of Friday not suspected of any crime.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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16:41 December 31, 2011 by J Jack
Not suspected of crime. Reckless driving, speeding, hitting someone on a pedestrian crossing?
18:47 December 31, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
The ability to absorb an impact from a motor vehicle while protecting children from careless motorists is obviously a pre-requisite to being a mother in Sweden
19:00 December 31, 2011 by johan rebel
Lucky the kids didn't suffer any physical injury, otherwise mom would have been arrested for pushing them around.
02:15 January 1, 2012 by muscle
hmm.. speechless
02:47 January 1, 2012 by jostein
#1 J Jack

I think its just medialogic? The spin on this story is "heroic mum"? Dont p*ss on their parade by pointing out that it might as well have been "stressed mum endangers kids by jaywalking" or somesuch?
05:17 January 1, 2012 by Exiled
Get a life people.

Celebrate the strong human instinct and desist from your puerile insinuations

11:08 January 1, 2012 by tgolan
One thing ; no mater if your driving fast or incorrectly if you hit some one , you stop and render assistance, the article doesn't say if the incident happened at a cross walk or why the car was going fast. I assume the indecent will be investigated
08:22 January 2, 2012 by insect

A woman was hit by a car at a crosswalk in southern Sweden.......

The accident occurred at 11.40am in Södra Sandby outside of Lund in southern Sweden as the women and her two children were crossing the street at a crosswalk...

Twice I have read that the incident happened at a crosswalk. Unless I am misinterpreting this, then you must be reading a completely different article.

Plus I always thought the speed of the car doesnt matter at a crosswalk and pedestrians have right of way or am I wrong?
08:50 January 2, 2012 by Borilla
The pedestrian in the crossing has the right of way. The rules of the road require that the DRIVER make eye contact with any pedestrian at the crossing and determine whether the pedestrian intends to enter the crossing. The driver is required to err on the side of caution. As usual, it appears the police are more interested in avoiding the report of an actionable event than enforcing the law. After all, if the driver were charged for his obvious breach of the law, there would be paper work and the police might miss their fika.
12:50 January 2, 2012 by jostein
The way i recall it:

Not stopping for a pedestrian crossing at a crosswalk is "severe carelessness in trafic" and carries a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison. Normally its heavy fines and lost drivingliscence. Further charges would probably be applied if this carelessness caused bodily harm.


Since the article says the driver is not suspected of any crime it is reasonable to assume the mother was jaywalking, ie, crossing against a red light. Another explanation is that they havent got around to it yet but then the word "suspected" is out of place.
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