When traveling with infants or children in a car, keeping them safe is a priority. To do this, it is important to make certain that babies and young children are in a car seat or wearing proper child restraints. These precautions can keep a child safe, particularly in the case of an accident.
However, in a crash that happened at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Thursday in the 1500 block of Henry Road, the parents may have forgotten this important step in the heat of the moment.
According to an article on the Chron.com website, a 6-month-old infant has been hospitalized with possible brain trauma after having been ejected from the speeding car that it had been traveling in. Harris County Sheriff’s deputies say a white Volvo being pursued by another vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.
The female driver failed to keep the vehicle in a single lane and struck a tree.
The force of the impact caused the baby to be ejected from the vehicle, landing some 40 yards away and the woman to end up trapped beneath it.
Authorities say that the infant was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. The two other occupants of the car were also taken to the hospital to be checked out and were listed as uninjured.
Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor; however, investigators say that the incident and resulting accident may have been the result of an argument. Authorities have not stated whether the infant had been in a car seat at the time of the crash.