Witnesses say the two vehicles collided at the French and Shoemaker intersection. After the vehicle carrying the infant ran a red light the car heading east on Shoemaker collided with it. The impact sent the vehicle carrying the infant into a utility pole. The baby was ejected from the car allegedly because the infant car seat was not properly restrained. The car accident left the infant dead, the driver in critical condition and the passenger in serious condition.  

Unrestrained passengers are four times more likely to die during a car crash. For infants, a nearly 70% reduction in fatality may be achieved with the proper use of restraints. There are several types of car restraint systems that can be used. Depending on the maturity of your child, you may choose from the following seating systems: Infant-only rear-facing seats, convertible-combination seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats, seat belts and travel vests. Vehicles made after the year 2002 have a LATCH system to secure child seating systems. LATCH is an acronym for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This is a system that can secure the safety seat without using the seat belts. However, depending on the make of the automobile and safety seat, your child safety seat may still require the use of your safety belts. Please follow the manufacturer’s instruction for correct installation of a safety seat. The majority of collisions at intersections occur within the first six seconds of the traffic light change.  

Christopher Keane
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