Woman charged after car wreck killed 14-month-old passenger

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 33-year-old woman is facing multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, after authorities said she caused a car wreck that killed a 14-month-old that was in her car.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Dora Del Carmen Sosa was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla north on N. Graham Street near Plymouth Avenue. Sosa was traveling with a 14-month-old child in her vehicle and was behind a large truck, possibly a dump truck or trash truck, and changed lanes to pass. 

When she switched lanes, she got behind a stopped pick-up truck that was waiting to turn left. CMPD said Sosa swerved around the pick-up truck into oncoming lanes and struck a Toyota Camry head on.

The Toyota was being driven by 43-year-old David John Collins Jr. 

Medic transported the drivers and the child passenger to the hospital. Both drivers sustained serious injury and the child had life threatening injuries following the crash, authorities said. The child was later pronounced deceased. 

After investigating, CMPD said the child was in an infant carrier, however, the child seat was not being used as designed and the child wasn't properly restrained. Detectives said they believe the misuse of the passenger seat was a contributing factor in the child's death. Alcohol and speed are not considered contributing factors, authorities said.

Sosa was released from the hospital Monday, December 4. She was transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office where she was served with warrants for involuntary manslaughter, felony child abuse and no operaters license.

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