Horrible news out of Texas. A 4-year-old boy was in the car with his entire family when his father hit a guardrail on the expressway -- and the boy was thrown out of the window and onto the road. Horrifically, no one seemed to notice that the boy, who was sitting in the back, had been ejected, until the father pulled over miles later at a gas station and was checking the damage to the car. The father, Franklin Jackson, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI, after the boy was found dead from head trauma on the side of the road.
The boy had been riding with his father, his mother, and his three younger siblings when he was ejected from the back of the vehicle through a window. He was reportedly the only one not wearing a seatbelt. The father had reportedly hit a guardrail twice.
The dad said he didn't realize the boy had been thrown from the car. Unbelievably, no one else seemed to realize it either. However, presumably the mother was sitting upfront and didn't see it. And the siblings, who are ages 1, 2, and 3 months, were too young to notice it or draw attention to it.
This little boy was tossed from the window of a car and left to die on the side of the road and no one even noticed! Horrible.
Reportedly, everyone else in the family was belted into their seats when the father hit the guardrail.
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It just goes to show you should never take any chances with seatbelts -- kids should always be strapped into a vehicle. Also, of course, what on earth was the father doing driving drunk with his entire family in the car? He could have killed all of them. Or someone else on the road.
He also was reportedly drinking while in the car, as police say that a vodka bottle and beer cans were strewn around. Ugh, ugh, UGH!!! When your kids are in your car, their lives are literally in your hands.
If only this poor child had been buckled in. And the father hadn't been drinking! Just tragic.
Does this story change the way you will view seatbelts for children?
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