VEHICLE DRIVES INTO CANAL IN TORNILLO, TX
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938
Contact: Angelica Becerra
Public Information Officer
Office: (915) 538-2119
Pager: (915) 533-0733 (#5237)
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EL PASO TEXAS-On 11-30-12 at approximately 10:45 AM, Sheriff’s Office Special Traffic Investigators responded to a single motor vehicle accident at the 18500 block of FM1109 (Guadalupe Rd./Lower Island Rd.) Tornillo, TX.
Upon arrival Investigators discovered a white 1999 Ford Windstar/Van in a canal and four occupants out of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the van was traveling eastbound on FM1109 when the driver turned to the rearview mirror and saw one of her children standing in the back seat. The distraction caused the driver to travel off the roadway and as she overcorrected pressed on the accelerator which caused the driver to lose control and drive left into the canal.
All occupants, two adults and two children, were transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 3-year old was ejected and the male front passenger sustained a fractured leg as a result of the accident. Both adults were wearing seatbelts. The investigation continues as the children were not properly secured in child safety seats as required by Texas law.
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TEXAS RESTRAINT LAW VIOLATIONS REGARDING CHILDREN
YOU ARE IN VIOLATION:
If the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than 8 years of age, unless the child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.
- If a person at least 15 years of age riding in a passenger vehicle while the vehicle is being operated and is equipped with a seat belt and is not secured.
- If a person operates a passenger vehicle equipped with safety belts and allows a child younger than 17 riding in the vehicle without requiring the child to be secured by a safety belt.
CAR CRASHES ARE THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN 1 TO 12 YEARS OLD IN THE UNITED STATES
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TxDPS - Texas Occupant Restraint Laws