About a month ago, Justin Ross Harris left his toddler son in a hot car all day, and the young boy ended up losing his life. Now, Harris has been charged with murder and the number of reported hot car deaths of children has been showing up all over the place. On July 10, 2014, USA Today reported that a North Carolina man named Terry Williams locked himself in a hot car and filmed it, so he could send a message.
"I'm sitting in the car with the windows rolled up cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car," Williams explains in his YouTube video.
Williams posted the video back in June, but it has just started going viral and is really bringing in some traffic now. That's a good thing though as the message he's attempting to get across is one that everyone should listen to and remember.
Terry Williams wanted to show people what it was like when parents leave their children in a hot car, by doing the same to himself. He locked himself in his car, with the engine off, and an outside temperature of 90 degrees.
Reports state that the interior of a vehicle can raise 20 degrees in a matter of just 10 minutes. A child's body temperature can also increase three to five times faster than that of adults.
"As you can see, I'm sweating, like I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids systems," Williams says in the video.
As of the afternoon of Thursday, July 10, 2014, Williams video has almost 50,000 views and is going up all the time. It's actually spurned a challenge of sorts, and a number of people are creating their own videos and posting them on Facebook to pass Terry Williams' message along.
"This is not a game, this is serious," said Williams.
While it is a serious situation that has seen a number of incidents over the past few years; the reports of children and pets dying after being locked up in hot cars has gone up considerably in the past month alone.
Williams appreciates the fact that people are listening to his message, but hopes that everyone takes it seriously. They need to realize that this is not a joke. He knows that "people think it can't happen to them, but it can happen to anyone."