Police report finds 7-year-old crushed to death by armored vehicle negligent

A police accident report concerning a 7-year-old boy who was crushed to death by an armored vehicle in southeastern Turkey last week has found the child to be the primarily negligent party, Turkish Minute reported, citing the Artı Gerçek news website.

Miraç Miroğlu was hit and killed by an armored vehicle in the predominantly Kurdish-populated Şırnak province on Sept. 3.

Miraç, who was riding a bicycle when he was hit, was taken to İdil State Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The İdil Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the incident, which was classified as a fatal traffic accident, without detaining the vehicle’s driver after his testimony on Monday.

The police report concluded that Miraç was the primarily negligent party in the accident as he acted with “carelessness” and failed to take notice of a “stop sign” in the street.

He did not reduce his speed when nearing the intersection and violated the right of way, it said.

The only fault attributed to the armored vehicle’s driver was his failure to reduce his speed when nearing the intersection.

According to the testimony of the only eyewitness to the accident, he was with the police officers in the armored vehicle when they took the child to the hospital. “How could I not see the kid? I don’t understand how he leapt out in front of the vehicle. He was talking to himself,” the eyewitness said.

The killing of civilians by military vehicles is common in Turkey’s Southeast, where there is a heavy military presence due to ongoing clashes between the Turkish military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

According to a report by the Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır branch, 36 people, including six women and 16 children, have been killed and 85 were injured in 63 accidents involving armored vehicles over the past 10 years.

In May 2017 two children were killed when an armored police vehicle rammed into their house in the Silopi district of Şırnak province while the children were asleep.

Seven-year-old Berfin Dilek was also hit and killed by an armored police vehicle on her way home from school in the Dargeçit district of the southeastern Mardin province on Feb. 9, 2017.

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