Infant killed in rollover crash was not properly restrained, Arlington police believe

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a fatality accident that occurred on Sunday afternoon along Interstate 20.

Just before 2:00pm, Arlington Fire Department, EMS, and Police Department responded to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 near 287 in southwest Arlington.

Traffic investigators believe the driver of an SUV swerved in front of an 18 wheeler, causing the semi to clip the SUV. The SUV overturned multiple times off the roadway and down an embankment.

There were a total of seven people inside the vehicle, which only had seating for five. One of the occupants, a 9-month-old little boy, was sitting unrestrained in the lap of a passenger at the time of the crash, according to police. The infant was ejected and suffered serious injuries.

Multiple people, including the infant, or transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Arlington police received word yesterday that the infant passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. No one else suffered life-threatening injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.

“The Arlington Police Department wants to remind the public that state law requires all children younger than eight years old, unless they are taller than 4’9”, to be properly secured in a child safety seat whenever they ride in a vehicle.”