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Tennessee car accident claims life of toddler

A 3-month-old baby boy, who died in a car accident in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Friday morning, has been identified. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that the baby died as a result of a two-car collision. The accident happened a little after 11 a.m. along Tennessee 99.

Authorities claim that two vehicles were driving eastbound along Tennessee 99 on Friday when one of them stopped in the middle of the road. The other vehicle, an SUV, crashed into the stopped car. At this time, troopers do not know why the first vehicle stopped. The driver of the SUV claimed that he took his eyes off the roadway for an instant, and, when he looked up, the stopped vehicle was in his path. Unfortunately, he was traveling too fast stop.

Inside the stopped car, there were three children and two adults. The 3-month-old boy was properly restrained in a child safety seat, but it was not enough to save his life. Two others inside the car were transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The rest of the occupants inside the stopped vehicle were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The SUV driver also required hospital treatment and was taken by ambulance as well.

In this case, it is still unknown who was at fault in the collision. Depending on police reports relating to the accident, one or more of the injured parties in this collision may have a valid claim for a personal injury lawsuit against one of the drivers. Furthermore, if the SUV driver is faulted for taking his eyes off the road, family members of the deceased 3-month-old boy may have a valid claim for wrongful death damages. According to Sgt. Scott Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, fatal and injurious accidents are always hard to investigate, but ones involving young child are especially difficult.

Source: wsmv.com, "Identity released of the baby killed in 2-vehicle collision in Murfreesboro", Larry Flowers, April 5, 2015

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