Newborn survives serious rollover crash thanks to mother’s use of car seat
AURORA, Colo. — A nasty accident caused two vehicles to roll early Monday morning, sent one driver flying from through his windshield and left a newborn with critical injuries.
According to Aurora police spokesman Chuck DeShazer, the accident took place at the intersection of Parker Road and East Lehigh Avenue just east of Cherry Creek Reservoir when a Jeep rear-ended a Dodge Caliber at a high rate of speed shortly before 2 a.m.
Aurora police later identified that man as William Page, III, 21, of Denver. Police originally reported that he was driving close to 100 miles per hour when he collided with the Caliber, which was being driven by Shalimar McComas, 35, of Aurora.
McComas’ 5-week old daughter, Lizbeth McComas, was also in the vehicle, buckled into a car seat.
Both vehicles rolled, with Page being ejected from his vehicle in the process and suffering serious, life-threatening injuries. He was in an Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital along with Lizbeth. Shalimar was treated for her injuries and released.
According to DeShazer, Shalimar had just dropped her husband off at work in Parker and was returning home when the accident occurred. DeShazer also said there is no truth to earlier reports that Page and Shalimar know each other.
Northbound Parker Road was shut down at East Avenue as of 5:45 a.m., with southbound Parker Road reduced to one lane. DeShazer confirmed that all of those closures were lifted shortly after 9 a.m.
Authorities say they only thing that saved the baby’s life was the fact that her mother had her properly restrained in a car seat.
The newborn is expected to survive.