(Royal City, WA) A Beverly, Wash. woman and her three children were hurt last night after being involved in a one-car collision south of Royal City.
Around 7:30 p.m. Mar. 4, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies were called for a motor vehicle collision near the 8000 block of Lower Crab Creek Road.
Investigators determined Melissa Jo Ferguson, 31, became distracted while driving and lost control of her 2003 Ford Explorer. She overcorrected, the vehicle struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof.
Three children ages 3, 6 and 7 were in the vehicle. The six-year-old girl was ejected as the vehicle rolled and was later flown by MedStar helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was kept overnight for evaluation.
Ferguson and the other two children were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for treatment of minor injuries.
Neither alcohol nor drugs factored in this collision.
“Thank goodness nobody was hurt worse, and this is a good reminder all children must be properly restrained while riding in any vehicle,” said Sheriff Tom Jones.
Washington State law enacted in 2007 requires children less than eight years old must be restrained in child restraint systems, unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller. A child who is eight years old or older, or four feet nine inches or taller, must be properly restrained either with the motor vehicle’s safety belt or an appropriately fitting child restraint system. Children under thirteen years old must be transported in rear seats where it is practical to do so.
The fine for improperly restrained children in motor vehicles is at least $112 per child.