Police in Broward County said a woman showed “gross negligence” when her 1-year-old child died when an off-duty policeman crashed into her SUV.
Charges are pending against a 20-year old woman for not properly restraining her daughter in a child’s car seat, the Post reported.
An off-duty Broward County police officer is accused of driving 94 mph in a 50 mph zone when he crashed into the Nissan SUV that was occupied by the 20-year old woman, her child and several other people. The daughter of the 20-year old woman was critically injured and had been confirmed dead, FHP reported.
According to arrest records, the child’s car seat had been wedged between the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat in the console area of the SUV, FHP reported. They alleged that the SUV, which was supposed to hold only five passengers, had as many as seven people in the vehicle, the television station reported.
The off-duty police officer was charged with negligent homicide, The Post reported. He was released on $15,000 bond and remains on administrative leave as police continue to investigate, the Post reported.
The 20-year old woman was not the driver of the SUV, but allegedly told police she secured the car seat, the Post reported.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving an off-duty police officer, which ultimately, resulted in the death of a toddler. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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