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Crash witnesses: Baby secured poorly

A 13-month-old girl who was injured in a crash west of Nevada County Thursday has been released from the hospital, a University of California at Davis Medical Center nursing supervisor said Monday.

The California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash that occurred near the Smartville area, said witnesses suggested Helena Weston was not properly secured in her car seat at the time of the accident.

The infant’s mother, 21-year-old Rachel Ramey Weston of Williams, was still in serious condition Monday in the intensive care unit at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.



The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. as Weston drove eastbound on Highway 20 east of McGanney Lane, CHP public information officer Frank Gaither said. Weston was traveling at about 55 mph when her Geo Prizm drifted off the roadway.

Weston overcorrected into oncoming traffic, and then overcorrected again before her vehicle spun clockwise and ran off the edge of the road into a tree, Gaither said.




Gaither said witnesses reported seeing the infant crawling out of the car seat toward the passenger door. He said the infant was in a rear-facing car seat, and witnesses said the child, who appeared to weigh more than 20 pounds, appeared to be improperly secured in the seat.

According to state law, any child weighing more than 20 pounds must be placed in a forward-facing child seat. Gaither said witnesses told the CHP the straps on the seat were improperly fastened.

There appeared to be no drugs or alcohol involved in the crash, and Rachel Weston was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Gaither said.

The CHP’s investigation is ongoing, he added.


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