4-year-old Dies in a Distracted Driving Accident
Sunday afternoon in Illinois, a four-year-old Texas boy was killed in a distracted-driving accident. Four children and two adults were in a Ford Expedition SUV on the northbound lane near 87th Streeton Sunday afternoon when the driver lost control and the veered right into the guardrail, stated Illinois State Police.
The other passengers, including a 23-year-old woman a 2-year-old boy; a 1-year-old boy, and a 3-month-old girl, were wearing seat-belts at that time, and were not injured during the collision.
Authorities questioned the man Tuesday in the distracted-driving accident.
The four-year-old Franklin Leon Jackson Jr., who was not wearing a seat-belt at that time and was ejected from the Ford Expedition's passenger window on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
An autopsy Tuesday declared he was found dead by blunt head trauma from the car collision. His death is ruled as an accident, said the medical examiner's office.
The 46-year-old driver was being questioned by police in connection with the auto-accident. No charges has been filed since then.
Police has stated that the auto-accident is under investigation, but distracted-driving may be the main factor of the 4-year-old's wrongful death.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, "Cops question driver after 4-year-old boy killed in Dan Ryan crash ," Ashlee Rezin, Dec. 24, 2013