Safety Concerns Raised After Crash Kills 7-Year-Old
A car accident in south Reno injured three people and killed a seven-year-old boy on Tuesday.
The accident happened just before 9 am on Airway Drive, just west of the Longley Lane intersection. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and police say the boy who was killed was not wearing a seatbelt.
"This is a prime example of why we want to buckle our kids up inside of a vehicle, and why it's important," Reno Police Sergeant Brian Adamson said. "No parent wants to deal with this and come see this, or be a part of it in any way."
Police said a person driving a Ford Explorer pulled out of a private driveway onto a busy road, and collided with another SUV. The Explorer rolled, ejecting the seven-year-old victim. The boy's grandmother, who was driving the car, as well as the two people in the other SUV were taken to Renown with minor injuries.
It is a tragedy for everyone involved, but emergency responders said there are lessons to be learned from such a sad event, about how to keep your children safe in the car.
"A child who goes into a seatbelt too early, the seatbelt just won't fit correctly," REMSA Point of Impact Coordinator Vickie Fisher said, "and there could be the possibility of severe internal injury from just the improper fit of the seatbelt."
So how do you know when to take your child out of the child seat? By Nevada law, any child under six years old or 60 pounds must be in a child seat. In California, any child under age eight, or under 4' 9" must be in a child seat.
Those laws aside, Fisher said it all depends on each individual child, and if the seatbelt fits properly. You can tell if the seatbelt is fitting your child right by looking for two things: the lap belt should go across their hips, not their stomach. And the strap needs to go across their shoulder, not their neck. If it doesn't, they are not tall enough ride without a booster seat.