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Death of 3-year-old raises concern over proper car seat safety

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Police said a vehicle turning left onto Pebble collided with a Nissan on Eastern Avenue. (Doug Johnson/FOX5) Police said a vehicle turning left onto Pebble collided with a Nissan on Eastern Avenue. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
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A bad car accident took the life of a 3-year-old girl. The girl has been identified as Emily Kay.

She died in an accident at Eastern Avenue and Pebble Road Monday afternoon that also left a 29-year-old man in critical condition.

Police say she wasn't properly restrained.

The deadly crash is an example to all parents with kids who ride in car seats.

Dnyse Brown likes to take an extra 10 seconds before every car ride to buckle her 3-year-old daughter Breaunne to avoid any close calls.

"New Years Eve actually we were hit from behind and I knew she was OK because I strapped her in properly. I felt secured and confident that she would be OK, but it's definitely a scary experience," said Dnyse Brown.

A complete opposite from the deadly crash that happened yesterday where a Nissan Maxima that was traveling southbound on Eastern Avenue proceeded through a green light at Pebble Road. At the same time, a 2003 Lexus was making a left turn and both vehicles collided at the intersection. The Lexus driver sustained moderate injuries. The 29-year-old Nissan driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but his passenger, 3-year-old Emily Kay, did not survive the crash.

"When a child is taller the strap needs to be done like this. In booster seats it will fit too high on the neck and what kids will do is they will put it around their neck and when there is a collision there is no upper body restrain," said Brown.

Jeanne Cosgrove Marsala is with Safe Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to children's safety. She says parents should pay close attention on what kind of car seat their children are in to avoid any injuries.

"The worst injury or the one that causes the most death is traumatic brain injury and we also have spinal cord issues so if they survive, often they can be paraplegic," said Jeanne Cosgrove Marsala, director for Safe Kids.

A donation page for Emily Kay has been set up here.

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