Driver charged after crash hurts baby in unsecured car seat

News-DemocratMarch 13, 2014 

Charges have been filed against the driver of a car that crashed while transporting a baby in an unsecured car seat.

Christal Aye, 42, of St. Louis, has been charged with driving with no valid registration and driving on a suspended license.

Police say Aye was driving a 1999 Mercury Sable at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 55 near its merge with Interstate 64 when the driver's side front tire blew out, according to Illinois State Police reports. Aye's vehicle veered off the roadway to the right and went down an embankment, where it rolled over onto its side.

A driver of another vehicle who witnessed the crash pulled over and helped the victims out of the crashed car, Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said.

Among the victims was an infant that was properly strapped into a car seat. But the seat was not secured in the car with a seatbelt as it should have been.

Aye, the baby, an adult passenger and a small child riding in the car were all taken to area hospitals, where they were believed to be suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

The two adults and the older of the two children in the car were all wearing seat belts.

Police did not say why the driver wasn't charged for failing to properly secure the infant's seat.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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