A 7-month-old baby in a car seat was thrown more than 20 feet when a vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the van that her mother was driving. But when rescuers got to her, believing her dead, she is said to have opened her eyes and smiled at them, virtually unscathed.
According to WHIO-TV, the baby’s mother, Lashanda Goldsmith, was driving in Harrison Township, Ohio, Monday morning when the collision occurred.
Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies told the news outlet that the child was “thrown through the window on impact, while still in her car seat, and was found face-down 25 feet from the accident scene.”
Incredibly, the child, named Madison, only suffered a bruise on her head. Her mother also sustained only minor injuries. Two other individuals involved in the crash, however, were reportedly more seriously injured. The driver who allegedly caused the crash is said to have fled the scene, but was quickly apprehended.
(Go to WHIO-TV for more on this story.)
In 2013, Bangor Daily News reported that another “lucky” baby had survived after being flung 25 feet during a car crash in Maine. The news outlet reported that the child -- a 6-month-old baby boy named Gabriel -- had also been strapped into a car seat when the accident occurred, but he is said to have “slipped from his straps and was ejected 25 feet into snow.”