On June 12 at 1:15 PM, investigators with the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Flotilla Way and Dyers Mills Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a crash involving a child. The investigation revealed the driver of a 2013 Toyota Highlander was visiting family members on Flotilla Way and had placed her 10-month-old daughter in the backseat unrestrained before driving a short distance to a nearby dumpster. The driver drove back to the residence in the 16600 block where they stopped briefly to pick up additional family members. When one of the family members opened the rear door to the vehicle, the unrestrained child fell from the vehicle and onto the roadway. The driver immediately exited the vehicle to check on the child’s welfare. The vehicle’s transmission was still in drive when the driver exited the vehicle causing it to roll forward where it then struck the child. The child sustained a serious head injury and was transported to the hospital by the mother where police were notified. The child died as a result of her injuries later in the day. No other injuries were reported. Due to a change in Virginia law, the identity of the child is not being disclosed. No charges have been placed against the driver at this time. The investigation continues.
Identified: The deceased was identified as a 10-month-old girl of Hyattsville, MD The driver of the 2013 Toyota Highlander was identified as a 35-year-old woman of Hyattsville, MD