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Charges upgraded in Cary crash that killed toddler

Posted July 25, 2013

— A 20-year-old Cary woman faces a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge in a three-car crash earlier this month that killed a toddler.

Elizabeth Blake Brzezinski, of Milley Brook Court, was initially charged with failure to reduce speed, but that charge was upgraded Thursday after 20-month-old Chloe Rene Fox died from injuries she sustained in the crash. 

Brzezinski could be sentenced to up to 150 days in jail if convicted.

Chloe was riding in a 2006 Toyota with her parents on U.S. Highway 64 near the Edinburgh Drive intersection on July 6 when the car was hit from behind as it slowed for traffic by a 1999 Ford, police said.

The collision forced the Foxes' car into the back of a 2011 Chevrolet, and the Toyota was eventually hit on the side by the Ford, police said.

Chloe was in a child car seat, but police said it appeared that the seat wasn't installed properly.

She was taken to WakeMed in Cary, where she died earlier this week.

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  • g8gtdad Aug 2, 4:01 p.m.

    I just found out this sad news. It is incredible how fragile and precious our time is in this life. My heart and prayers go out to all parties involved.

    I stopped to help at this accident and then went away on vacation but it definitely stayed with me. Heck! I even changed my compact car for a bigger safer vehicle because of it. I remember the 20yrs old lady being distraught and very worried about the family and the baby.

  • hsingmom2my3 Jul 26, 4:38 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but the 20 year old caused the accident, and be charged as such. The parents were responsible for their child, didn't properly restrain the child, and be charged.

  • Tax Man Jul 26, 1:13 p.m.

    It is not the end of the world for the driver. Max sentence 150 days in jail and only a misdemeanor record. Most likely she will only get probation if her record is clean. But she will have to live with the death of the child for all of her life. Sad.

  • Unbroken Jul 26, 11:18 a.m.

    "So if we rear end someone, and THEY didn't put their kid in a child seat properly, its OUR fault they died? What?!
    impatientgirl"

    Seriously? Yeah it IS your fault. Never really been held accountable for your own actions in your life I am guessing.

  • kikinc Jul 26, 10:26 a.m.

    This girl wasn't paying attention to slowing traffic and rear ended someone. Her fault. This happens all the time at this intersection. I saw it happen TWICE within seconds one time....all because no one pays attention to slowing traffic. I've even been rear ended myself!

    As for the child seat not being installed correctly, this is more common than you think. My friend had her child seat installed at the fire department, just to discover that even they didn't install it correctly. Those things can be quite complicated. And the child would still be alive, incorrect installation or not, had they not gotten read ended.

    I feel bad for the 20 year old, I truly do. I'm sure she never meant to rear end anyone. She may have been distracted for just a second (changing radio station, sneezing, whatever), but that second changed the lives of many people forever. Everyone is feeling pain in this situation.

  • michaelclay Jul 26, 10:21 a.m.

    impatientgirl, that is correct. If they hadn't rear ended them the child wouldn't have died. Car seats have not always been the law. My children are in there mid 30's and did not have to be in a car seat in NC when they were little. But it's always been unlawful to rear end another vehicle.

  • jaydosse Jul 26, 10:02 a.m.

    "So if we rear end someone, and THEY didn't put their kid in a child seat properly, its OUR fault they died? What?!"
    ======================================================

    When you rear end someone the fault is always yours, regardless of property damage or bodily injury. Consider retaking a defensive driving course. study your NC driver's manual carefully. If all else fails, consult with your insurance company. I am certain they will be more than happy to resolve your confusion.

  • housemanagercary Jul 26, 9:48 a.m.

    So if we rear end someone, and THEY didn't put their kid in a child seat properly, its OUR fault they died? What?!

  • Havetosayit Jul 26, 9:27 a.m.

    Not a lawyer, but it seems to me that even if the seat was improperly installed, the death was a direct result of her unlawful act (see "take their victims as they find them").

  • whyalltheproblems Jul 26, 9:06 a.m.

    amen, kann. my thoughts exactly.

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