A baby tragically died when her mother tried to give her a dummy and shunted a car in front in a momentary lapse of concentration, an inquest heard.Annie Crawford, who is in her 20s, took her eyes off the road for a split second as she reached for the soother to pacify her crying 20 month-old daughter Adela Mai. Ms Crawford, from Felixstowe, Suffolk, drove her VW Polo into the back of a Toyota Corolla at a speed likely to be less than 30mph, an inquest heard.
The collision triggered the airbag on her passenger side where little Adela Mai was sitting in her child seat. Although the youngster was properly strapped into the chair, it was not secured by the car’s seatbelt as required by law. A coroner heard that the baby’s neck was broken in the collision when her seat lurched forward, placing her directly over the airbag when it went off.
The accident happened on the southbound carriageway of the A12 between Martlesham and Ipswich in Suffolk. By the time the police arrived the child’s seat had been removed from the car and put on the roadside grass verge, possibly by her mother.
There was blood on it thought to have come from Adela Mai who was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she was confirmed dead the next day.