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Toddler injured in Cary crash dies

Posted July 23, 2013

— A 20-month-old girl who was critically injured two weeks ago in a three-car crash in Cary has died, officials said Tuesday.

Chloe Rene Fox was riding in a 2006 Toyota with her parents on U.S. Highway 64 near the Edinburgh Drive intersection 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 for treatment. Cary officials didn't say exactly when she died, but they said police are now consulting with Wake County prosecutors on whether addition charges should be filed against Elizabeth Blake Brzezinski, the driver of the Ford.

Brzezinski, 20, of 117 Milley Brook Court in Cary, was initially charged with failure to reduce speed.

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  • pulstar40 Jul 24, 5:15 p.m.

    Accidents are NOT always caused by texting, even those caused by folks in their 20's. I can think of several where the cell phone played no part in the accident.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Jul 24, 3:05 p.m.

    This is just a really sad story all the way around. I know a girl that hit & almost killed a guy accidentally (@IPayYouPay-my friend wasn't texting, it was just an honest accident. I know it's annoying and dangerous when folks text behind the wheel, but in this case, maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions, since this gilr may have just had a lapse in paying attention). My friend felt guilty for a LONG time for just injuring a guy, so I can't imagine how guilty this girl feels for killing a little toddler....

    That said, I am a new parent & if that happened to me, I would be DEVASTATED. So stinking sad.

  • kikinc Jul 24, 2:12 p.m.

    I'm going to have to agree with IPayYouPay. I saw TWO accidents at that intersection that happened 2 seconds apart from one another. I was waiting at the light on Edinburgh to make the left onto 64 at 6:00 in the evening. Traffic was stopped to the right of me, and a jeep plowed into the back of a stopped Corolla. Two seconds later, a Civic that had stopped at the light so as not to block the intersection was rammed from behind by a Land Rover. Both accidents avoidable. Slow down and PAY ATTENTION!

  • FromClayton Jul 24, 11:23 a.m.

    Has anyone here ever installed one of those things? You need a darn engineering degree. I think the biggest disservice we are doing is making them impossible for the average parent to do themselves. Even if I did have an engineering degree, I am not physically strong enough to install the one we have correctly. It is impossible for me to do that. I had Rex hospital do it and it took 2 BIG people. If they want to fix the problem they need to make them easier to install so any mother can do it. Even if you lost a little bit of safety it would be better to have them installed properly. You give it a try and then come back and yell at the parents who lost a child.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Jul 23, 5:55 p.m.

    Furthermore, even if the carseat was installed correctly if it's used incorrectly it can be fatal. I don't know the direction this carseat was installed but that could play into the situation as well. The AAP now recommends that children remain rear facing until the age of 2. Babies that young are still developing and don't have enough neck muscle to keep control of their head when in a collision. In a rear end collision, a forward facing carseat can not keep a young childs head from slinging forward and potentially breaking the neck risking life long paralysis or spinal cord shearing resulting in death. If the carseat is rear facing and there's a rearend collision the seat absorbs the impact, the head/neck isn't slung forward and the chance of injury is reduced. People argue the legs get too long if they stay that way til 2. Ask yourself: would you rather a child with a broken leg or a child with a broken neck? Kids learn how to cross their legs into the seat! Keep kids safe!!

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Jul 23, 5:42 p.m.

    It's not feasible to take an Engine out of service each time a person comes by wanting an install done. It could be done but it's not exactly the best idea. What if while its out of service for the install a structure fire, cardiac arrest or other important call comes out? Is that carseat install so important that the person who called 911 has to wait even longer and risk a fatal outcome?

    I find it hard to believe a town would want to shoulder the burden and risk of a lawsuit over an incorrectly installed seat. Not all FFs are certified in carseat installs. Sure, they may be a parent themselves but that doesn't mean they didn't incorrectly install their own childs' carseat. Some FDs are a carseat check station and in that case usually at least one person on each shift is certified. Same thing goes for police officers...not everyone is certified in install. Just using a carseat at all is better than not using it for whatever reason!

  • colinmb123us Jul 23, 3:27 p.m.

    sandim50 - which town has that ordinance? I know several where the fire department will assist you, but I know of none where it is an ordinance that requires they install it.

  • BuglessDuster Jul 23, 3:22 p.m.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the parents of that little girl. It breaks my heart.

  • hmmmmm Jul 23, 2:57 p.m.

    I wish I could "like" sandim50's comment. Those parents have lost enough, lets not vilify them even if they did install it improperly. Many people do not know how to do it perfectly, even with the instructions. Proof in point, when my daughter was in her first forward facing car seat, I installed it, thinking I was a seasoned Mom. I took it to the fire department and found it was NOT! Luckily we actually got to the fire department.

  • icdumbpeople Jul 23, 2:56 p.m.

    Just hate that. Working in the medical field you see all kinds of bad things.. but these little ones will sure make you sad for a few days and is some how different. Just hate that!!

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