3-year-old killed in Dec. 2 car crash

by | December 7, 2017 6:31 am

A 3-year-old boy was killed in a single-vehicle collision this past Saturday in the western portion of White County.

On Dec. 2, 2017, at approximately 9:49 p.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received a call from a motorist about a vehicle that reportedly drove off the side of the roadway and crashed down an embankment. According to initial reports, the incident occurred approximately a one-fourth mile from Highway 70 Market, on Smithville Highway.

Personnel with White County E-911 dispatched Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

According to the incident report filed by Trooper Jody Looper, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, upon arrival at the scene, a 2011 Ford, reportedly smoking, had struck an embankment.

Emergency responders worked to secure the vehicle and rendered aid to those inside the vehicle. There were three subjects inside the vehicle at the time of the incident: a 10-month-old female infant, a 3-year-old male juvenile, and a 25-year-old female.

As of press time, the identity of the female driver was unknown, as the incident is still under investigation. However, the Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report states that the driver is from Sparta.

The THP incident report states, “Vehicle one was traveling east on US Highway 70 near mile marker two. Vehicle one crossed the center line to the left of the roadway and went over the embankment and struck another embankment. There was no sign of braking or any attempt made to return to the roadway found at the scene.”

A Life Force medical helicopter was dispatched and arrived near the scene at approximately 10:36 p.m.. A landing zone was established at BBB Industries.

All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to the THP incident report. However, the 3-year-old male juvenile later died at Vanderbilt from the injuries he suffered in the crash.

The THP incident report stated the driver was wearing her seatbelt, and the passengers were wearing their safety restraints. However, the report further stated that they were not properly used.

Criminal charges are pending in this investigation, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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