Infant killed in north Charlotte wasn't properly restrained, police say

A community is mourning the loss of a 14-month-old girl who lost her life in a car accident Wednesday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after a 14-month old girl died after a crash in north Charlotte Wednesday morning. 

According to CMPD, officers responded to a head-on crash in the 1500 block of North Graham Street. When police arrived at the scene, they determined that the driver of a 2005 Toyota Corolla, identified as Dora Del Carmen Sosa, was traveling north on North Graham Street behind a large truck. When she changed lanes to pass the truck, Sosa had to swerve around a pickup truck that was waiting to turn left and drove into oncoming traffic. 

Sosa’s vehicle was hit head-on by a Toyota Camry. Both drivers and the infant were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The infant, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Investigators determined that the child’s safety seat was not being used properly and she was not properly restrained. Police believe the misuse of the car seat was a contributing factor in her death.

Police have not clarified exactly how the car seat was misused, but CMPD provides free car seat inspections. To view upcoming inspection days or to plan a visit to CMPD, please click here.

Charges are pending the results of CMPD’s investigation. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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