Baby Dies in Rollover Car Accident Outside Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Last Sunday, I-70 just outside Glenwood Springs, Colorado was the scene of a heart-wrenching rollover car accident that resulted in the death of a child — a one year-old boy named Isaac. According to Mike Wiggins of The Daily Sentinel:
Isaac Alessandro was pronounced dead at the scene of the rollover, which happened about 6:30 a.m. along westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 113. Troopers say the boy’s mother, Joanne Echeverria, 19, of New Castle, was driving a 2009 Honda Civic when she lost control and the car hit the center median. The car rolled several times before landing on its wheels in the left westbound lane.
Young Isaac was thrown from the car into the eastbound lanes of I-70 and was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. What caused Echeveria to lose control of her vehicle is still unknown, but driving under the influence has been ruled out. Alan Gathright, a content producer on The Denver Channel, reports:
Echeverria was wearing her seatbelt, the State Patrol said. Her baby was seated in a child safety seat; however, he was not properly restrained in the seat.The crash investigation is ongoing, the CSP said. Alcohol and drugs were not factors in this crash.
This past July, the new Colorado booster seat law went live, legally requiring all children under eight to be strapped into a booster seat for safety. However, as was the case with this fatal accident, if a child is not strapped in properly, the booster seat will be ineffective.