CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man will spend at least nine years in prison after authorities say he ran into traffic on Interstate 77 earlier this year with his 2-year-old daughter in his arms.

Derrick Summers, 30, pled guilty on Wednesday to attempted first-degree murder. He was sentenced to between nine and nearly 12 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Authorities have said Summers parked his car on the side of northbound I-77 near Remount Road during the evening of Jan. 15 before walking into traffic. He was carrying his daughter Lizziah at the time, police said.

Summers was struck by a vehicle, and he and the young girl suffered serious injuries. On Wednesday, prosecutors said the girl is still recovering from her injuries.

Authorities said Summers was trying to commit suicide, with prosecutors saying he had sent a text message to people earlier in the day saying he intended to kill himself and his daughter.

Records show the child s mother had filed a restraining order against Summers in early January.

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