By Linda Cicoira — An unrestrained infant died last Saturday morning after he was ejected from an SUV that had crashed near Belle Haven, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, of the state police.
Quanisha Bennett, of Jamaica, N.Y., was driving a 2010 Honda Pilot south on Lankford Highway, just north of Merry Cat Lane, at 7:52 a.m., when she ran off the road, overcorrected and went into a ditch. The vehicle struck a culvert, overturned and ejected 5-month-old Ronald J. Bennett III.
No other vehicles were involved.
The baby was flown to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, in Norfolk, Va., where he died from injuries sustained in the crash, Anaya said.
The driver, the child’s father, and their other two children, both under 12, were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, in Onley, where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The passengers were not identified by name. Their condition was not available.
Police concluded speed and alcohol were not contributing factors in the accident, and “no charges are to be placed at this time.” Anaya said a car seat, for the infant, was in the vehicle.