Police say 21-month-old Brooklyn's mother, Monique Weimer, 23, was driving one of the vehicles, and Brooklyn wasn't in a car seat at the time of the crash.
Police say 21-month-old Brooklyn's mother, Monique Weimer, 23, was driving one of the vehicles, and Brooklyn wasn't in a car seat at the time of the crash. (Source: Facebook)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Brooklyn Weimer was 21 months old when she died on Wednesday afternoon. She was involved in a car crash on Highway 61 in Vicksburg Monday night. Her mother, Monticule Weimer, did not have her restrained in a car seat.
State law dictates that failure to have a child restrained in a car seat shall not be considered contributory or comparative negligence, and the fine can not exceed $25.
We've learned the fee levied against Weimer for that particular offense will be $139. That's because municipalities and other local governments can put their own assessments on tickets. She will also be fined $727 for not having insurance.
Gabe Smith is a Paramedic in Meridian, and a volunteer with the Reservoir Fire Department. He says he's no longer surprised when he encounters accidents involving unrestrained children.
"I worked an accident recently with eight children in a four-door sedan. The parents did not understand why their children were hurt in this accident. Not only were the children not in car seats, they were sitting on laps and on the floorboards as well," he says. "Now I expect it. Any time I hear a child's involved in an accident, I automatically start thinking they don't have a car seat, what kind of injuries do they have."
Smith showed us the Jaws of Life, a tool used to open doors and windows to extricate people of all ages from wrecks. He says often parents use the excuse that they can't afford a car seat, even though it makes so much sense to have one, and it's the law.
"It's amazing what a child restraint will do. It will generally save the life of an infant or toddler in 95% of the cases where they had not been restrained," he says.
Smith says the laws regarding penalties for the offense need to be strengthened, and he'd like lawmakers to ride with paramedics so they can see what he sees.