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Witness says small children ejected from SUV weren’t buckled in

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PRINCE GEORGE, Va. - An SUV crashed and overturned near the intersection of S. Crater Road and Prince George Drive, with five children and a driver inside.

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The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.Two children and the driver were thrown from the SUV, witnesses said.

Family members told us Wednesday two children were flown to VCU Medical Center after an accident in Prince George County Wednesday.

Their rescue came after a Navy veteran rounded a curve and saw a total of five children outside their vehicle on South Crater Road.

They were in stable condition by evening Wednesday.

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"I saw five kids lying in the road, crawling around," said Kenneth Walls.  "The woman looked liked she had passed, and then all of a sudden she started flopping like a fish.  They were lucky.  Their parents oughta’ go to church tonight."

Walls had been driving down South Crater on his way to make an air-conditioning delivery.  That’s when he saw the SUV flipped over on its roof.

Witnesses say the driver was ejected along with two children.  "I know they weren't buckled up: there was only one car seat in the car," said Walls.

Police say that's part of an ongoing investigation.

According to Walls, the children looked like they ranged in age from three to ten years old.

"I'm shaking, man,” said Walls.  What really struck a nerve with this salty veteran  was one of the victims.  "The girl’s name was Savannah, same as my daughter," he said.

Walls said he didn’t waste time trying to help. "I grabbed tissue from my truck and wrapped their heads because they were bleeding," Walls said.

Police on scene said it appeared none of the children were secured by a seat belt or child safety seat.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.  Police say all of the injuries were non-life-threatening.


  • dana

    Craig, perhaps you shouldn’t be so quick to assume. The childrens mother was NOT the driver. They were with a babysitter. Yes, the driver deserves punishment for her negligence but the mother being sterilized for trusting her babysitter to not let her children ride in a car with trash is her only fault in this…
    Pray for the babies and save your assumptions for facts….

  • Ashley

    Out of this entire situation the “Church comment” is the only thing that “bugs” you? Seriously?!?! The Veteran is absolutely right, the parents SHOULD be praising/thanking God for protecting those kids! This situation could’ve been much, MUCH worse! It’s pathetic that your biggest concern in this situation is the religious beliefs of this man who witness first hand a MIRACLE!

  • joni

    Why does the church comment bother you cystal? He is saying go to church and pray that your children weren’t killed. They are lucky.

  • Kat

    What can we, as caring citizens, Mothers, Grandmothers, compassionate people DO to make sure this driver is punished/penalized to the fullest extent of our laws…to set a precedence against blatant disregard for the safety and well being of our children? Should everyone reading mail letters to the prosecutors and all members of this local governing municipality requesting stern and swift punishment- as well as the media to follow and publicize…then the next idiot may think before such actions!

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