Baby in Car Seat Ejected During Accident

by in Parenting


The uncle of a 19-month-old girl says that a horrible car accident was a teaching moment of great value about properly restraining small children in car seats. Levi Simmons says that if his niece Abby’s car seat hadn’t been properly fastened “she would no longer be with us.”

Abigail Rowe from Tiffany Rowe

In a Monday crash Abigail Rowe and her car seat were thrown from her mother Tiffany’s car onto the Glenn Highway. Tiffany, her mother, and Abby were driving in a silver Chevrolet Malibu when they were struck by a Ford pickup truck.

Tiffany Rowe's silver Chevrolet Malibu

The collision, which injured four people, happened near Northway Mall. When they were hit by the white F-150, Abigail was ejected from the car, still in her car seat. The car seatbelt was ripped from the car in the collision.

Baby in Car Seat Ejected During Accident

Miraculously, the little girl survived.

Photos taken at the accident scene show that the rear half of the Malibu was destroyed. Tiffany Rowe said the Evenflo Platinum Symphony LX car seat made the difference, even though the seatbelt securing it wasn’t able to keep Abigale in the car.

Toddler's life saved by Evenflo Platinum Symphony LX

Her arm is broken in two places and she has a lot of swelling, bruising, and road rash.

Police closed that section of the highway for five hours and are still investigating the crash and not yet ready to provide more information.

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Fire Department began offering free car seat inspections in an effort to help parents know if they are properly installed. To schedule an inspection phone 907-267-5045.

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Vicki Clinebell is a former television advertising executive who spent 25+ years with an ABC television affiliate in sales and marketing. A journalism major in college at the University of Colorado/Boulder, she now writes for a variety of online and print publications and provides blog content for clients including retail businesses and artists. The diversity of subject matter appeals to her, whether she’s reporting on the latest trends in baby gear, highlighting stories about outdoor adventures, or explaining basic pet-care tips. Even better, she says, is the shorter work commute… just down the hall, and a dress code that’s changed from suits and heels to jeans and a sweatshirt.

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