Unrestrained child ejected from truck in two-vehicle crash

WWSB ABC7 News at 6pm
Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 3:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 8:11 PM EDT
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BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A 3-year-old has been hospitalized after being thrown from a truck in an accident on Saturday night.

The crash occurred in East Manatee County on SR-62. According to Florida Highway Patrol, two trucks collided, leading to the child being ejected from the vehicle.

ABC7 has learned that the 3-year-old was not in a car seat at the time of the accident. Of the three people involved in the crash, the child was the only one not properly restrained.

This crash comes just days before National Child Passenger Safety Week. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Association, a child’s risk of fatal injury in a car crash is reduced by 71% when restrained properly.