A woman has been spotted
breastfeeding an unrestrained baby in a moving car a day
after another unrestrained infant died from injuries suffered
in a crash.
The 12-week-old baby who died yesterday after being thrown
from her mother's lap earlier this week was identified today
as Alexandria Navacilla of Taumaranui.
Alexandria was in the back seat of a Honda hatchback when the
car slid across State Highway 4 and hit a bank, south of Te
Kuiti on Monday about 8.30am.
She was the only passenger in the overloaded five-seater car
who was not properly restrained, and died from her injuries
at Starship children's hospital early yesterday.
The car seat was found by police in the boot.
Police also identified the woman killed in another fatal
crash on SH3, south of Ohaupo, on Monday evening.
Hamilton resident Beant Kaur, 22, was behind the wheel of a
yellow Mazda car when it crossed the centreline, collided
with a southbound car, then three other vehicles - including
Waikato district road policing manager Inspector Freda Grace
said the crash occurred near the highway's intersection with
"In expressing our sympathies to both families for their loss
police are urging other motorists to make every day a road
safety day and ensure they are doing all they can to make
Waikato roads a safe place to travel."
Reports to police of other dangerous driving behaviour since
the fatal crashes have also been disappointing, Ms Grace
"Today's call came in at 11.43am relating to a Mazda Familia
being driven by one woman who had another in the front
passenger seat breast feeding an unrestrained baby in her lap
at the Base in Te Rapa. A police foot patrol tried to get to
the vehicle before it left but the driver had gone and units
are currently working to locate and stop the car.
"To now hear yesterday's loss hasn't deterred other parents
or motorists travelling around with unsecured children in
their cars reinforces why police will be running checkpoints
throughout the week checking car restraints as just one part
of the Road Safety Week campaign," she said.