A 5-year-old was killed Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle he was in was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver.
According to KRIS-TV, the fatal crash occurred on Old Brownsville Road when an SUV crossed multiple lanes of traffic and struck a car head-on. The driver of the car contained a 38-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son.
The boy was buckled in and riding an a booster seat, but Corpus Christi Police Department Captain Timothy Frazier commented that it appeared the seat belt may have failed. “From what we understand the child was still buckled and the booster seat had flown out from underneath him,” said Captain Frazier.
Police are still unsure what caused the wrong-way driver to cross into oncoming traffic. They will, however, obtain a warrant for the vehicle’s black box to try to determine if the vehicle was speeding at the time of the collision. They hope the black box along with witness statements and evidence from the scene will provide a more complete picture.
Captain Frazier added that they are looking at charges against the wrong-way driver.
Seeing an oncoming vehicle barreling down your lane of traffic can be horrifying; however, it is important to remain as calm as possible and attempt to take appropriate evasive action.
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