Infant improperly secured in car seat dies in Brunswick County crash

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An infant was killed following a two-car crash in Brunswick County over the weekend. Police say the 4-month-old was improperly secured in a car seat.

The crash occurred at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 on Route 644 at the intersection with Route 656.

Police say a 2000 Mitsubishi was traveling south on Route 656 when it approached a stop sign and slowly began pulling into the intersection with Route 644. As the Mitsubishi pulled across the intersection to make a left turn, it collided with a 2016 Honda that was traveling east on Route 644.

The impact of the crash caused the Honda to run off the road and strike an embankment.

The passenger of the Honda, Laila Hawkins-Manning of Brodnax, was seated in an infant seat, but was not secured in the seat, according to police. The seat was also not rear-facing, as required by law. The 4-month-old child was ejected from the seat but remained inside the vehicle. She was transported ot VCU-CMH in South Hill where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Honda, 31-year-old Stephanie N. Hawkins of Brodnax, was not injured. She was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, 34-year-old Chavioleyette S. Lambert of LaCrosse, was not injured in the crash. She was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

The crash remains under investigation.

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