Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Mom dies but baby survives Hillsborough car crash

TAMPA — A woman was killed — but her baby girl was spared — early Monday when she lost control of her car, got thrown from it and then became pinned under it, authorities said.

The 6-month-old girl was properly strapped into a car seat. But her mother was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported about 6:30 a.m. on Adamo Drive just east of U.S. 301.

By late Monday, investigators said they had not been able to reach close relatives to notify them of the death, and so they had not released the names of the mother and the daughter.

The baby was transported to Tampa General Hospital with what troopers said appeared to be minor injuries.

The red Chevrolet Monte Carlo had been headed east on Adamo Drive when, for an unknown reason, the woman lost control of it and drove onto the south shoulder.

The Chevy overturned, and she was thrown from the car, troopers said. The car landed on top of her.

The woman died at the scene.

Although she was not wearing a seat belt, her daughter was secured properly in a baby seat in the center back seat, the patrol said.

About 9 a.m., firefighters arrived to remove the woman's body from under the car, said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera.

A yellow tarp covered the right side of the Chevy as firefighters lifted the car. The driver's door was wide open, the front of the car was mangled and the windshield was shattered.

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