The death of two children in a south side rollover accident has prompted local pediatricians to stress that deaths like these are completely preventable, and parents and other care givers need to make sure that children are safely secured in all vehicles.
"I think it is important to remember that all children need to be restrained in either their car seats and booster seats," said Dr. Lillian Liao, the Chief of Pediatric Surgery for the University Health System.
Christian Cordona, 3, and Alexander Cordona, 4, died at University Hospital after the SUV they were in went out of control and flipped over on I-35 near Von Ormy.
Neither the two boys who died or any of the others in the SUV were wearing any type of seat restraint.
Dr. Liao says Texas law requires that children be safely secured in child seats or booster seats until they are eight years old AND at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. That means even if a child is in middle school, if the child is shorter than 4/9", that child has to be in a child seat.
She says standard seat belts don't work for a small child.
"The regular car seat belt is not appropriate for small children because they can actually fly out of it," she said.
She says children who are unsecured in roll over accidents generally don't make it to her operating room, because they are pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She says she has treated several unsecured children who were left quadriplegics for life because the adult who was caring for them failed to properly secure them in a vehicle.