At this point, city police and Donald Caldwell, Roanoke commonwealth’s attorney, say it appears to have been an accident.
The investigation is continuing and the parents are cooperating with investigators, Caldwell said. A report from the Roanoke medical examiner’s office, including the cause and manner of the 2-year-old girl’s death, has not been released.
Dozens of children die in hot cars every year, which the automobile industry and car safety organizations say can be prevented. But those organizations and other experts say education can only go so far solve a problem that most of the time is the result of the brain’s unfortunate error.