Baby dies, mother charged in crash
A 4-month-old baby died in a Saturday crash in Brunswick County, and the infant’s mother was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.
Virginia State Police Master Trooper B.L. Tulloh is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred at 6:30 a.m. on Route 644 (Grandy Road) at Route 656 (Union Woods Drive).
According to Virginia State Police, a 2000 Mitsubishi was traveling south on Route 656. It pulled up to the stop sign, slowed for the stop sign and then slowly pulled into the intersection with Route 644. As the Mitsubishi pulled across Route 644 to make a left turn, it collided with a 2016 Honda traveling east on Route 644. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to run off the road and strike an embankment.
The passenger in the Honda, Laila N. Hawkins-Manning of Brodnax, was seated in an infant seat. The child was not secured in the seat nor was the seat rear-facing, as required by law. The child was ejected from the seat in the crash but remained inside the vehicle. The 4-month-old child was transported to VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, where she succumbed to her injuries.
The driver of the Honda, Stephanie N. Hawkins, 31, of Brodnax, was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hawkins was charged with failure to secure a child under 8 years of age.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, Chavioleyette S. Lambert, 34, of La Crosse, was not injured in the crash. After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, she was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.
The crash remains under investigation.