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Infant thrown from seat dies in two-car crash

SoVaNow.com / June 28, 2017
An infant girl who was not properly secured in a child safety seat died Saturday as the result of a two-vehicle crash in Brunswick County, the second fatal mishap to take place in the area over the weekend.

Laila N. Hawkins-Manning of Brodnax, the deceased child, was four months old. She was not secured in the seat, nor was the seat rear-facing as required by law. The child was ejected from the seat during the crash but remained inside the vehicle. She was transported to VCU-CMH in South Hill, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Honda that was caught up in the crash, 31-year-old Stephanie N. Hawkins of Brodnax, was not injured. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, Hawkins was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.

The mishap took place Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on Route 644 at Route 656 in Brunswick County. A 2000 Mitsubishi was traveling south on Route 656 when the vehicle pulled up to a stop sign, slowed for the stop and then slowly pulled into the intersection with Route 644. As the Mitsubishi pulled across Route 644 to make a left turn, it collided with a 2016 Honda operated by Hawkins as she was traveling east on Route 644. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to run off the road and strike an embankment.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Chavioleyette S. Lambert, 34, of La Crosse, was not injured in the crash. She was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

The crash remains under investigation by Virginia State Police Master Trooper B.L. Tulloh.

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