Texas officials are investigating how a three year old girl was left in the back of a vehicle hours after she had been injured in a car accident. The girl was found by a tow truck driver after the vehicle in which she was riding was taken to a wrecking yard after an accident.
A man was driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee in which the three year old was riding in Odessa, and he rear-ended one car and sideswiped another after he failed to control his speed. The three year old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The man was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and was charged with felony intoxication assault-bodily injury. A 12 year old boy was also inside the vehicle and was injured.
After the accident, three agencies responded – the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Ector County Sherriff’s Office, and Odessa Fire Rescue. However, no one who responded saw the girl on the floor in the backseat of the vehicle. The 12 year old boy allegedly told firefighters that no one else was in the vehicle.
Once she was discovered, she was taken to a hospital in Lubbock. According to family members, she suffered from brain bleeding and has partial paralysis. It’s not clear what her medical condition would be if she had been found sooner.
It’s very unfortunate this little girl was not discovered sooner. Public officials, including police and fire officials, have a duty to the public to act with competence. If you have been involved in an automobile accident in the Houston area, and you believe that you are entitled to compensation because of another party’s negligence, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on YouTube to learn more.