Baby boy dies after sitting unrestrained on driver’s lap during crash

UPDATE @ 8.15 AM Feb 27 | AN 11-month baby boy has died in hospital, two days after a horror crash in Sydney’s south-west.

Police believe the baby boy had been sitting unrestrained on the driver’s lap when the BMW they were in collided with a Mercedes at the intersection of Clingan and Compton Avenues on Monday night.

The boy was airlifted to to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with critical injuries.


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He passed away on Tuesday night as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the BMW, a 31-year-old man, and the driver of the Mercedes, a 32-year-old man, both escaped injury and were taken to Liverpool Hospital where they underwent mandatory testing.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit will continue inquiries into the events leading up to the crash.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone with information or dash cam footage, is urged to contact investigators.

EARLIER @ 05.00AM Feb, 26 | An 11-month old baby boy remains in hospital fighting for life after a crash in Sydney’s south-west on Monday.

About 5.50pm, a BMW sedan, being driven by a 31-year-old-man with an 11-month-old boy as his passenger, was travelling east along Clingan Avenue, Lurnea, towards Compton Avenue.

At the same time, a Mercedes Benz, being driven by a 32-year-old man, was heading west along Clingan Avenue.

The two vehicles collided causing the front driver’s airbag in the BMW to deploy. The child suffered critical head and facial injuries and was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where he remains critical.

Both drivers were not injured, however, they were taken to hospital for mandatory tests.

Investigators will seek to determine where the child was seated when the airbag was deployed.

However, Detective Inspector Bob Tunks says it appears the child was unrestrained at the time of the accident.

“It would appear to be the case that the child was unrestrained sitting on the father’s lap but it’s part of the investigation to identify what occurred.

“But certainly it would appear that if the child was in the car seat, which was fitted in the rear of the car, the injuries wouldn’t have occurred.”

Investigations will continue today.

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