Re­cent ac­ci­dents cited as seat belt re­minder

Chil­dren in­jured in sep­a­rate wrecks weren’t buck­led up

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - By Mar­garet Kad­ifa and Brooke A. Lewis mar­garet.kad­

Two ac­ci­dents within 24 hours of each other in­volv­ing chil­dren not wear­ing seat belts have sent mul­ti­ple peo­ple to the hos­pi­tal and have prompted au­thor­i­ties to re­mind Hous­ton driv­ers to make sure every­one in the car is buck­led up.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to make sure chil­dren are se­cured in your ve­hi­cle,” said Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Har­ris County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice. “It’s state law.”

Two chil­dren who were not wear­ing seat belts dur­ing a car crash Mon­day in Atas­cocita were taken to the hos­pi­tal. One child was ejected from a car, and two more mi­nors were taken to the hos­pi­tal af­ter the wreck. Of­fi­cers say none of the chil­dren nor the driver was wear­ing a seat belt.

Around 7:15 a.m. Tues­day, an­other crash oc­curred in which four pas­sen­gers, a 17-year-old man, an 11-year-old boy, a 9-yearold boy and a 7-year-old girl, all were not wear­ing seat belts. The 7-year-old was ejected from the ve­hi­cle. The four pas­sen­gers, along with the driver, who was wear­ing a seat belt, were taken to Me­mo­rial Her­mann Hos­pi­tal with in­juries that were not lifethreat­en­ing.

Tues­day’s crash oc­curred when a 33-year-old woman who was driv­ing a PT Cruiser east on De Boll Street failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign, ac­cord­ing to HPD spokesman John Can­non. She was struck in the in­ter­sec­tion by a black Ford Fo­cus driven south on Irv­ing­ton Road by a 25-year-old man. The fe­male driver faces two ci­ta­tions, in­clud­ing fail­ure to yield the right of way and not hav­ing in­sur­ance.

Mon­day’s crash hap­pened just be­fore 5 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of Atas­cocita and Barry, said Gilliland.

Three broth­ers — two 9-yearolds and a 15-year-old — were rid­ing east­bound on Atas­cocita in a Chevro­let pickup, while their 34-year-old fa­ther was be­hind the wheel.

At one point, the fa­ther tried to turn left from Atas­cocita onto Barry. As he made the turn, he pulled in front of a Toy­ota Tundra, which was trav­el­ing the op­po­site di­rec­tion on Atas­cocita.

The Tundra slammed into the truck, push­ing it into a ditch along­side of the road. One of the 9-year-olds was ejected from the truck, Gilliland said.

The other three oc­cu­pants of the truck re­mained inside the ve­hi­cle, but none of the four fam­ily mem­bers was wear­ing a seat belt, Gilliland said. The fa­ther and three sons were taken to an area hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion and were re­leased the same day.

The fa­ther faces three ci­ta­tions: fail­ure to yield the right of way, driv­ing with an in­valid li­cense and hav­ing an un­se­cured child in the car un­der the age of 17, Gilliland said. The 52-year-old driver of the Tundra was not in­jured.

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