Police say a baby falls from a moving car and is killed after being hit by another vehicle.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS)’s Emerson Clarridge and James Hartley
An 8-month-old girl fell from the right passenger side of a sedan as it turned at an Irving, Texas, intersection on Sunday, police said, and was hit and killed by another car.
Around 10:30 a.m., the infant was struck by a black sedan near North MacArthur Boulevard and Ranchview Drive, according to Irving police.
Its driver did not pause for a second.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, police said they don’t believe the vehicle’s driver was aware that he or she had struck the child.
Anyone who was in the vicinity of the crash at that time is being asked to come to the Irving police station to have their car checked.
According to police spokesman Robert Reeves, no charges will be filed against the driver who failed to stop as long as he or she was unaware of the situation.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s fall from the car.
The child was not restrained in a car seat.
At a news conference on Monday, police said there were four children in the vehicle, which was driven by the baby’s mother, and two child safety seats, neither of which were in use.
According to police, the children were six years old, three years old, two years old, and eight months old.
Police were unsure whether the door was slightly ajar and opened when the car made a left turn, or if one of the children inside opened it.
It’s unclear whether or not a child safety lock was in use at the time of the accident, or if one could have failed.
Child Protective Services will also investigate and assist in determining whether any charges should be filed against the mother, according to police.
Reeves also encouraged anyone who needs assistance obtaining or learning how to use a child safety seat to contact the police department.
The coroner has identified three people who died in crashes on or near Route 30.
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