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Deadly Lexington Accident Kills Three, Injures Five

Steve Wagner

Over the weekend, a Kia Spectra and Chevy truck collided head-on on State Road 203 (East Cherry St.) in Lexington, Indiana, killing two children and an adult and leaving five other people injured. The accident was so severe that the Indiana State Police were called in to reconstruct it, and the investigation, including toxicology tests, is still ongoing.

Alfonso Qualls, 36, was driving on a suspended license when his Kia crossed out of the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a truck driven by Jacob Pettit, 21. The Kia was carrying 6 passengers, Qualls and five children, including one infant. No one in the car was wearing a seatbelt, and though the infant was in a car seat, it was not properly installed in the car. In addition, two of the children were sharing the front seat of the vehicle. It was a deadly combination of factors in an already tragic accident.

Alfonso Qualls died in the accident, as did both children in the front seat. The three children in the back seat of the car were taken to the hospital with reportedly life-threatening injuries. Mariah Qualls, 8, and Kaden Pedigo, 10, were the two children killed, and Alfonso Qualls Jr., 7, Jasmine Qualls, 2, and Makayla Qualls, an infant, were seriously injured. Pettit and his passenger, Marjus Turner, 26, received only minor injuries.

Indiana’s Child Restraint Law Saves Lives

Seat belts save the lives of thousands of children each year. For this reason, there are strict laws requiring the use of proper child restraints in Indiana, but even with laws in place, there can often be confusion about what is required based on the age and size of the child. All children under 8 must ride in an appropriate car seat or booster seat and be restrained according to manufacturers’ instructions. Other requirements include:

  • Children under 1 year and 20 pounds MUST be in a rear-facing safety seat. Rear-facing is recommended for as long as your child’s car seat permits it.
  • An internal harness system, such as a five-point harness, is required for children who are at least one year of age and 20 pounds and who are sitting forward-facing.
  • Booster seats are allowed at 30 pounds but not recommended until at least 40 pounds.
  • Children under 16 must be restrained by a seat belt, car seat, or booster seat.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a driver operating a vehicle recklessly, the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have the experience you need to secure compensation and assist you with your recovery. In the case of wrongful death, we understand there is no way of replacing the loved one you have lost; however, we can help you ensure you and other family members are taken care of in the way your loved one would have wanted. If you’ve been injured, or if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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