Statistics show that the leading cause of death for children aged 3 through fourteen in the United States is car crashes. There were 723 children killed in the United States in car accidents in 2016. More than 128,000 children within that age range were injured. Of the fatal crashes, 35% of the children were not restrained. Between 2009-2010, statistics showed that there were more African American children who were unrestrained, making up 45% of fatalities. Hispanic children were also more likely to be unrestrained (46%) than white children, who only made up 26% of fatalities.
The Moultrie Observer reports that a woman has been charged in a March crash that injured children who were not properly restrained. 29-year-old Krystal Danielle Jordan is facing numerous charges stemming from a March crash that resulted in three children being ejected from her vehicle. None of the children were restrained and suffered from serious injuries in the crash.
Jordan was driving north on Highway 319 from Moultrie towards Norman Park. She lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer she was driving traveled across all southbound lanes onto the far shoulder. The SUV then rotated, striking a ditch, and began rolling. The Georgia State Patrol trooper who came to the scene said that the accident was caused by balding tires which had become slick.
Four children, ranging in age from 2 to 7, were in the back seat. Three of the children were ejected during the accident. Jordan is facing charges of failure to maintain lane, equipment violation for balding tires, driving without a seatbelt, reckless driving, four counts of failing to properly restrain a child, four counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, and three counts of serious injury by vehicle.
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