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Baby Ejected from Vehicle, Left on Roadway

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The driver of an SUV left the scene of an accident on Interstate 40 on Monday evening, leaving behind a toddler on the roadway.

Details about the Accident Involving the Toddler

KOAT News is reporting that the driver of a white SUV left the scene of an accident on Interstate 40 that happened on Monday evening, and left a toddler behind on the roadway, say police who responded to the scene of the accident.

According to authorities, the child was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the accident and was found still strapped into the car seat with just a few cuts and bruises. The child is expected to be okay.

The child is estimated to be about a year and a half old and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police say that the driver of the SUV, 36-year-old Georgette Vigil lost control of the vehicle and hit a barrier near Wyoming Boulevard. The crash forced the closure of Interstate 40 west during the rush hour period. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the accident.

The authorities found Vigil at the 500 block of Dallas SE. When she was taken into custody, officers say they noticed she was exhibiting signs of intoxication.  

The woman had a laceration on her forehead and was taken to the hospital. She is expected to be charged with felony child abuse once she is released from the hospital.

Another child that was in the car at the time of the accident is expected to be okay.

Police are continuing to search for a man that fled the SUV on foot after the accident.

Important Information about Child Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • The use of car seats in motor vehicles reduces the risk of death to infants and toddlers by 71 percent and 54 percent, respectively.
  • In 2013, 638 children who were occupants in car died in motor vehicle accidents.
  • 38 percent of the children 12 and younger who died in a car accident in 2013 were not properly buckled up at the time of the accident. 


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