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Charges Pending in Tragic Crash that Killed Infant


February 10, 2020

CLERMONT, FL- Dailycommercial.com writes that a four-month-old child was fatally injured in a car crash on the Florida Turnpike late last week. Responders reported that they performed CPR on the baby at the scene, but that within days of the horrible crash, the infant died of his injuries. Now the driver who caused the wreck is facing charges.*

The incident occurred when the child and his grandparents were traveling on the Florida Turnpike, and the woman behind them was following closely behind. The traffic became congested and the vehicle the child was riding in slowed down. The 32-year-old woman behind them did not slow and crashed at full speed into the car in which the victim was riding. Officers were near the scene and responded immediately. The police pulled the infant from his car seat and began CPR until paramedics were able to transport the infant to the hospital. The grandparents were also both injured and were transported to another hospital. Investigators stated that everyone involved in the crash was restrained at the time, including the infant. The investigation is still ongoing, but charges will likely be filed against the woman. The nature of the charges will depend on the outcome of the investigation. 

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for infants in the United States. The best way to protect young passengers is to use an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat. Unfortunately, many people do not properly use their child restraints and the safety features are therefore compromised. While restraints are not always enough to save a child in a car crash, when used properly, they are effective in lowering the risk significantly. 

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Sources:https://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20200203/infant-dies-after-turnpike-crash-charges-pending and https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/child-passenger-safety/index.html


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