In an unfortunate series of events, a two-year-old child was ejected through a car window when the vehicle made a turn and was struck by a Cobb County patrol cruiser.
From the report, it does not appear as if the accident was the officer’s fault. The driver of the impacted vehicle did not have a clear shot to turn due to a bus in the way, and tried to go anyway. This is when they allegedly pulled out in front of the officer’s vehicle.
The names of the people involved with the crash have not been released.
The Georgia State Patrol said they are investigating the incident which happened around 4:40 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Riverside Parkway and Rockhouse Road.
According to troopers, the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder was attempting to negotiate a left turn around a stopped Cobb County Transit Bus, but couldn’t see around the vehicle. The Nissan was struck by the police cruiser on the driver’s side, breaking the back window and sending the SUV into a spin.
Troopers said a 2-year-old child riding in the back seat of the Nissan was ejected through the window. The seat was not secured properly and the toddler apparently was not wearing the chair’s restraints, according to troopers.
The toddler suffered injuries, but thankfully none were life threatening.
This is exactly why children absolutely must be properly restrained and secured in a vehicle.
According to AAA, three in four car seats are not installed correctly.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child safety seats, or car seats, reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone. Booster seats reduce the risk of nonfatal injuries by 45% among 4 to 8 year olds.
Three tips to ensure you have a seat that will safely secure your child:
- The seat fits your child
- The seat fits the vehicle correctly
- Always use the seat when your child is in the vehicle
Before you install your car seat, be sure to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle owner’s manual. Also consider having an expert check the seat. The service is free and only a step away. To find a certified technician, call (866) SEAT-CHECK or click here.
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