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4-Year-Old Killed in Car Accident Was Not in Child Restraint

Steve Wagner

A 4-year-old girl was killed in a tragic recent car accident on Interstate 69. The child was not in a child restraint, and was critically injured in the accident, and as a result of the injuries sustained, she was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

The girl, Tavionna Elizabeth Ford, was riding in the back seat of a vehicle, driven by her grandmother, 41-year-old Donna Randolph of Indianapolis. The other passengers in the car included a 20-year-old pregnant woman, Monique Ford, 20-year-old Dejour-Kyrie Martin, and Monique’s son, 14-month-old Larry Ford.

The 14-month-old was in a safety seat, but was flown to Riley Children’s Hospital- the severity of his injuries are not known. The other passengers were all taken to area hospitals with a range of injuries and are being treated.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the accident occurred after Donna Ford stopped suddenly on the interstate and a northbound pickup truck struck the car in the rear. The truck was driven by 72-year-old Harold Shemberger from Luther Michigan. He and his wife are both being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Tavionna Ford, and we want to use this opportunity to remind all of those with children to use proper safety restraints. Take this time to remind yourself of the laws for child restraints, and remember that just because something is a minimum requirement, doesn’t always mean it’s safe for your child. Children shouldn’t be treated as minimums, but given the safety they deserve. Do your research on extended rear-facing in car seats, five-point harness safety, and when is the best time to promote your child to the next type of each child restraint.

If your loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese to discuss the options available to help your recovery. We can work to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.


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