Toddler in Child Seat Only Survivor of Highlands DWI Collision

Drunk Driving Accident in Highlands on Thursday 1/7/2021

Tragedy struck two families last night after a suspected drunk driver caused a head-on collision with a young mother and her two-year-old in Highlands, Texas–an unincorporated area east of Channelview and north of Interstate 10 East.  Both vehicle drivers were killed in the Highlands DWI collision.

The crash occurred at 9:50 p.m. when a black Chevy Silverado veered into oncoming traffic and struck a White Chevy Silverado in a deadly head-on collision.  The collision occurred at the 1700 block of South Main Street near the Pin Oak intersection.

Alcohol Was a Factor in Highlands DWI Collision

Harris County Sheriff’s Investigators indicated that the male driver of the black Silverado was suspected to be intoxicated due to the odor of alcohol on his body. It would also explain his erratic behavior in veering into oncoming traffic. However, the investigation is still ongoing for this fatal Highlands DWI collision.

Injured Child in Stable Condition

The two-year-old was life-flighted to the hospital in critical condition, however, her condition is now stable. The child sustained two broken legs and a broken arm in the crash.  While these wounds will likely heal, the loss of her mother cannot be replaced.

Child Safety Seats Saved Her Life

Officers on the scene credited the child’s survival with the fact that her mother was responsible and had properly secured the child in a child safety seat. Car accidents are the number 2 leading cause of death for children under the age of 4.  According to the CDC, A car seat can reduce the risk of fatal injury to a child by 71%. Thus, car seats give children a significantly higher survival rate when it comes to serious crashes like a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver.  Thankfully, the child seat did the job in this case.

Child Seat Misuse

Child seat misuse can reduce or eliminate the protection you think you are giving your child. According to a study performed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in 2015, child safety seats are misused approximately 46% of the time. This means that they are either installed improperly or the child is fastened in improperly such that the safety afforded by the child safety seat is reduced or negated. Thus, it is important to read the manual and learn the proper way to install and use a child seat.  Many fire departments will do a child seat check for you for free. For more information on child safety seat installation, contact your local fire department.