Seven were hospitalized last Tuesday after a three-car crash in Virginia Beach.
About the Virginia Beach Crash
A car wreck between an SUV, car, and minivan in Virginia Beach sent seven people to the hospital, reported ABC’s 13 News Now. Police said that all should survive their injuries.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach Blvd. and Cypress Ave. Investigators determined that “the driver of a 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling north on Cypress Ave. when she ran the red light at Virginia Beach Blvd.” The Expedition struck a 1999 Mazda Millennia that was crossing Cypress Ave. on Virginia Beach Blvd., causing both vehicles to spin. The Millenia came to rest against a pole. The Expedition struck another vehicle, a 2004 Mazda MPV, that was stopped at the red light on Cypress Ave. and Virginia Beach Blvd.
The impact caused the Expedition to roll, ejecting an unrestrained child from the vehicle. The girl was pinned under the SUV with 2 other children still inside. None were wearing seatbelts, a witness, Hailey Cutchin, told 13 News Now. Multiple witnesses of the crash provided assistance, trying to comfort the children and free the girl trapped under the SUV.
The driver of the Expedition, Kamisha Cook, 24, was charged with reckless driving, suspended operators license, no seatbelt, and three unrestrained children. According to 13 News Now, an adult passenger in the Expedition also received summons for not wearing a seatbelt.
Seat Belt Statistics
- Seat belt use by adults is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injury in crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- For older children and adults, seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths in a crash by about half.
- Seat belts combined with airbags provide the greatest protection for adults. An airbag alone does not substitute the safety that a seatbelt can provide.
- The CDC reports that car seat use reduces the risk of death for infants (aged <1 year) by 71% and toddlers (aged 1-4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury for children 4-8 years of age by 45% when compared with seat belt use alone.
- The CDC found that in 2011, more than 650 children under 12 years of age died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. 148,000 were injured. Of the children who died in crashes in 2011, 33% were not using a car seat, booster seat, or seatbelt.