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Baby survives crash that killed mother

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A 6-month-old baby girl survived a crash that killed her mother Monday morning along State Road 60.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Chevrolet sedan was eastbound on S.R. 60 just east of Ware Boulevard when the driver apparently lost control, veered off the road, and flipped several times.

The driver, who has not yet been publicly identified, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the tumbling car.  She actually ended up underneath the vehicle when it came to rest and died at the scene.

Her 6-month-old daughter, though, was strapped securely in a child seat in the back of the car. She survived with only minor injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

The child seat was intact, and properly installed.

Experts say the girl's survival is proof child seats work when used correctly.

"It is vitally important, critically important. They save lives," said Jean Shoemaker, an outreach coordinator for Safe Kids at All Children's Hospital.

Experts at local hospitals will examine your car seat free of charge to insure it is installed to a gold standard for safety.

"I think that because of all the education that's been done, parents are doing a really great job. However, there are still some really very common errors made," Shoemaker said.

Parents should consult their owner's manual for the type of seats that fit the best. They'll need to be sure the size of the seat fits the size of the child, too. Before a baby is buckled in, the seat must be buckled in as well, and sometimes the latches can be tricky to find.

It's all worth a double check. When installed correctly, a car seat means the difference in life or death.

"(Make sure you're) using the right car seat for the right child, and it's compatible with the vehicle," Shoemaker said.

Of course, don't only strap the kids in, strap yourself in too.

Highway Patrol tells us they made at least three different stops trying to locate the next of kin for this mother. We know they were searching for a contact in Orlando on Monday evening. As soon as that person is notified, they will release the driver's name.

 

It's not an uncommon practice for a mother to look out for her child, but not always taking care of herself.  This driver did not wear her seatbelt, but the child seat was intact, and properly installed.

 

The girl's survival is proof child seats work when used correctly.

 

"It is vitally important, critically important.  They save lives," said Jean Shoemaker.

 

She is an outreach coordinator for Safe Kids at All Children's Hospital.  Experts at local hospitals will examine your car seat free of charge to insure it is installed to a gold standard for safety.

 

"I think that because of all the education that's been done, parents are doing a really great job. However, there are still some really very common errors made," Shoemaker said.

 

Parents should consult their owner's manual for the type of seats that fit the best.  They'll need to be sure the size of the seat fits the size of the child, too.  Before a baby is buckled in, the seat must be buckled in as well, and sometimes the latches can be tricky to find.

 

It's all worth a double check.  When installed correctly, a car seat means the difference in life or death.

 

"(Make sure you're) using the right car seat for the right child, and it's compatible with the vehicle," Shoemaker said.

 

Of course, don't only strap the kids in, strap yourself in too.

 

Highway Patrol tells us they made at least three different stops trying to locate the next of kin for this mother.  We know they were searching for a contact in Orlando on Monday evening.  As soon as that person is notified, they will release the driver's name.

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