A day after a baby died from her injuries after being thrown
from her mother's lap in a car accident, a woman was seen
breast-feeding her child in the front seat of a moving
Alexandria "Lexie" Grace Navacilla died in Auckland's
Starship children's hospital on Tuesday morning after
suffering critical injuries in a car accident on State
Highway 4 near Aria on Monday.
The 12-week-old was one of six people in a five-seater Honda
hatchback car and was sitting unrestrained in her mother's
lap in the backseat when the car they were in slid across the
road into a bank. Police found her car seat, which could have
saved her life, in the car boot.
Her parents, originally from the Philippines, were travelling
from their home in Taumarunui to Auckland.
It is understood that Mr and Mrs Navacilla's flatmate, who
was travelling in a separate car, was among the first on the
scene at the time of the accident.
The woman, also a Filipino, took Alexandria to Te Kuiti
Hospital before she was airlifted to Starship.
The Herald understands Alexandria's body was cremated
yesterday. Neither Alexandria's father Titus nor her mother
Gracie Gevera could be contacted for comment. but overseas
family members overseas took to Facebook to express their
Alexandria's aunty Mary Quicar Dir Verano said on Facebook
"Baby Lexie is now in heaven, in the arms of the Lord. We all
now have an angel".
It's unclear whether anyone will face charges as a result of
Yesterday police reported a woman breast-feeding a baby while
in the front seat of a moving car in Hamilton. A police foot
patrol tried to get to the vehicle before it left but the
driver had gone.
The incident came after police stopped a woman driving in
Hamilton on Tuesday who had two young children in the
backseat who should have been in carseats but were instead
strapped in with seatbelts.
Waikato Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace said to
hear of such incidents the day after Alexandria died was a
bitter disappointment and she called on all motorists to
reflect on their driving behaviour.
"The mother, who was breaching the conditions of her learner
driver's licence when stopped, told the officer that she was
taking the 4- and 5-year-olds down the road to see a doctor
and that she did have some car seats but her sister was using
them," she said.
"Instead she put the kids in seatbelts, which are totally
inappropriate for young children such as these, and it's
really disappointing that in the last 48 hours we've seen a
baby die after being unrestrained in a car that crashed, this
incident and reports of a woman today travelling as a
passenger in a car breast-feeding an unrestrained baby in her
Meanwhile, Mrs Grace said serious crash unit investigators
were looking into the death of Beant Kaur, 22, on SH3 south
of Ohaupo shortly before 6pm on Monday.
Ms Kaur's northbound yellow Mazda car crossed the centreline
and collided with a car then three other vehicles, including