A nine-month-old baby survived being thrown to the pavement during a vehicle rollover Monday on a stretch of rural road in Stanislaus County, the California Highway Patrol.
The baby, Mia Fuentes, was not properly restrained in her car seat, according to the CHP. She sustained moderate injuries, including a head bleed and was taken by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center, said CHP spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen.
The baby was a passenger in a 2005 Subaru wagon that was driven by Alma Rosa Barajas Nuno, 37, of Modesto. The Subaru was headed northbound on Crows Landing Road around 5:45 a.m. Monday when just south of Bradbury Road, Nuno lost control of the vehicle.
According to the CHP report, the Subaru drifted slightly off the east road edge. Nuno tried to turn back to the left, but lost control of the vehicle. It went across the southbound lane and began overturning, ejecting the baby, Olsen said.
The Subaru overturned several times several before coming to a rest on its wheels, west of the shoulder.
Another motorist located the baby in the road. The car seat was ejected as well.
"Our preliminary investigation indicates the child seat was not secured to the Subaru and Mia was not secured to the child seat," Olsen said.
Nuno was wearing a seat belt. She sustained moderate injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center.
"The CHP would like to remind all caregivers a child must be properly restrained with the appropriate safety seat until at least the age of eight or 4 feet, 9 inches in height," Olsen said. "Also, a child must be rear-facing until at least the age of two. Please contact your local CHP office is you have any questions regarding the proper installation of your child seat."