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Car crash injuries to a minor could have been prevented

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A crash critically injured a four year old who reportedly was unrestrained in the front seat, Monday afternoon on the north side of town.The woman driving and a 6 year old in the back seat only suffered minor injuries. Over four years more than 18 thousand kids under the age of 15 involved in a fatal crash were improperly restrained or not restrained at all according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Any crash can be avoided OK, there is things that we can do and choices that we make every day,"said Sgt. John Gonzalez, with the Texas Department of Public Safety. "Unfortunately sometimes we make the wrong choice."

Gonzalez said once the child is eight years old by law they are allowed to use the common seat belt. The mother driving in this incident could be held accountable for the endangerment of a child and could face criminal charges. 

UMC hosts a safety and car seat distribution class each month. Kawanna McCormick who leads the course stresses the importance of having a car seat that fits your child. She said a car seat will be your child's biggest defender in a collision.

"Think about in a visual sense," said McCormick. "If you sit in a seat and your feet do not touch the floor with your back all the way to the back and seat belt does not fit you properly across your chest than you are not tall enough to sit in a vehicle without a booster seat."

If a car seat is ever involved in a crash never use it again. UMC's car seat program specifically targets impoverished drivers, no proof of income necessary just attend the class, for how to register and get a free car seat with the training click this link: https://www.umchealthsystem.com/medical-services/maternity-newborn/services-programs/family-education-program

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