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Baby killed in Houston when truck lurches out of control

A young infant was killed in the 9500 block of South Sam Houston Parkway at the Casa del Sol apartment complex in Houston, Texas on May 17. The tragic accident occurred after a woman pulled her Ford F-150 into the complex to wait for a family member. Although what occurred was called an accident by local news media, it resulted in the death of the 4-month-old baby in what was surely a wrongful death in any sense of the words.

As the woman was waiting in her vehicle, the mother walked out carrying the baby as well as an apartment access card in her hand. Police say the truck lurched forward, causing the security gate to swing open. The gate hit the mother, knocking her down and throwing the infant directly in the path of the truck. The child was then hit by the F-150's front right tire. Both the mother and baby were rushed to the hospital, but the infant passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

While Texas authorities do not believe the driver was impaired, the investigation remains ongoing as authorities determine what caused the woman to accelerate. The relationship between the driver and mother was not further described, nor were other particulars of the fatal accident disclosed. Investigators will likely look at the truck mechanisms as well as the operation of the security gate as they attempt to piece together exactly what happened.

As the family attempts to cope with unfathomable grief over what was could certainly be a wrongful death they are most likely looking for answers as to why their child's life was cut short.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "HPD investigating after baby crushed by pickup," May 17, 2012

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