DENVER — A 5-week-old baby girl whose skull was fractured in a rollover crash in Aurora Monday morning has been upgraded to good condition, her parents said Tuesday.
The baby, Lizbeth McComas, and her mother Shalimar, 35, were injured when their Dodge Caliber was hit from behind by a Jeep around 2 a.m.
The collision caused both vehicles to rollover and the driver of the Jeep, William Page III, 21, of Denver, was ejected from the vehicle, police said.
Page remains in the ICU at the Medical Center of Aurora.
According to Aurora police spokesman Chuck DeShazer, Shalimar McComas had just dropped her husband off at work in Parker and was returning home when the crash happened. Parker Road, a busy route for morning commuters, was closed for several hours while officials cleaned up the crash.
Authorities say the only thing that saved the baby’s life was the fact that her mother had properly restrained her in a car seat.
McComas was treated for minor injuries. Lizbeth suffered a skull fracture and is being treated at Children’s Hospital.
Her father told FOX31 News their “miracle baby” will be taken out of the ICU on Tuesday and that she is eating on her own now.
McComas said she was listening to a Christian radio station when the crash happened. She remembered hearing her baby cry as she crawled through broken glass and debris to get out her car.
“When the car stopped my immediate thought was: My baby. My baby. I got out of the car and I was trying to reach her,” McComas said.
McComas said she had trouble getting into the backseat of her car where Lizbeth was.
“I couldn’t get in through the windows,” McComas said adding that she scrambled around the vehicle looking for a way to get in. “It was very scary.”
Eventually she was able to get the seats of the Dodge Calibur to push forward. “I was able to push the back of the seats forward and I was able to get her out that way,” she said.
Lizbeth was “moaning” after the crash and had blood coming from her head. “I’d never heard that sound from her,” McComas said. “But she was alive and she was breathing.”
Police said Page was driving over 100 miles an hour when he hit the Caliber. DeShazer said it’s too soon to determine if he will be charged in the crash.