published Monday, September 19th, 2011

Two children ejected from car, in critical condition after collision in Chattanooga


by Naomi Jagoda
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A 6-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl are in critical condition after they were ejected from their mother’s vehicle during a crash this afternoon, police said.

It is believed that neither child was restrained, said Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said. No charges have been filed in this case yet but an investigation is continuing, she said.

Witnesses told police that the children’s mother — 38-year-old Rosalia Velasquez — was driving northbound on Rossville Boulevard about 4:40 p.m. and turned across traffic in front of another vehicle heading south, Weary said. The impact threw her daughter and son out of the vehicle, the sergeant said.

Police responding to the accident found the children in the roadway with serious injuries, Weary said. Velasquez suffered leg, arm and abdominal injuries, and she and her children have been hospitalized.

The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured and refused treatment at the scene, Weary said.

Update: 11-year-old girl thrown from car last week in Chattanooga dies

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ceeweed said...

Seat belts saves lives. Many adults choose not wear a seat belt for a variety of reasons even though the law mandates there use. Complacency on the part of parents, who do not enforce this law with their own children, reaps horrifying results. I hope these children will recover from their injuries as they are facing an uphill battle. I too, hope for their mother's recovery as she faces more than just the physical injuries but also the fear, grief, and guilt that her negligence has caused, not to mention the legal price she will likely pay.

September 20, 2011 at 7:39 a.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

I cant believe a parent would not restrain their kids in car while driving..This woman should not have kids and the state should take her kids away because she was too stupid to make sure her kids are safe and secure...This piece of trash should spend about a few yrs in jail to think about what she has done..This show this woman didnt care about her kids.. The twelve yr old should had a seat belt on and the 6 yr old should of been in a booster seat.Parent who dont make their kids buckle up dont care or love their kids period!

September 20, 2011 at 8:26 a.m.
noogamoms said...

It breaks my heart that this happened. It didn't have to happen. People need to learn to always restrain their children properly when driving in their vehicles - it doesn't matter how long or short the trip. Sept 18th - 24th is National Child Passenger Safety Week. People need to educate themselves on how to properly restrain their children so that they remain safe. http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/CPSFitting/index.cfm

September 20, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
ooltewahvol said...

What do you bet?

  1. Illegla

  2. No liability insurance

  3. No health insurance

Isn't illegal immigration great?

September 20, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.

She should be charged with neglect and endangerment if they live and murder if they don't. I don't believe in seat belt laws, but I do believe in personal responsibility. She should be responsible for her actions or lack thereof.

She is most likely illegal so she will probably just be released so that she can vote for Obama in 2012.

September 20, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
onetinsoldier said...

In April of this year the same thing happened only it was a white woman and a white child. Read the comments posted at this TFP link and see the difference in responses. http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/a...

September 20, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
Shock said...

OneTinSoldier - great catch on comparing this situation to the one earlier in the year and the huge difference in comments on the story. The difference is. . .educational.

September 20, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

Doesnt matter if she is mexican white black purple or blue. Its the fact she as a mother would endanger her kids by not putting seat belts on her children..Its common sense and the Law!

September 20, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
ooltewahvol said...

So tinman, do you know Ashley Robinson? If not how do you know she is white?

I do agree with your basic premise however.

September 20, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.

Tinhead, if the same people had commented on the two stories and the sentiment had been different, you would have a point. As it stands now, you don't. Besides, as you could plainly read in the story, she is being charged. Exactly the sentiment being expressed here.

September 20, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
rolando said...

We are getting all the spin-off from Dalton's License/Insurance checkstops... We need the same in Chattanooga.

September 20, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.

Rolando, yes we do. What we really need though is a goverment that isn't pandering to an illegal voting block and instead was enforcing federal immigration law. That would make the option unneccessary. Our country is being sold to illegals by our government in exchange for votes.

September 20, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Shock said...

Guys, seriously? You want the government stopping all citizens on a road and asking to see their paperwork, and poking around in their vehicles with no probable cause? I am totally anti-illegal immigrant, but road blocks where the government stops citizens with no probable cause is scary and unconstitutional.

September 20, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.
Titan31 said...

You are so right onetinsoldier, the difference in responses is astonishong and to top it off some bigoted people just throw in the illegal card. I read nowhere in this page about her being illegal so just because she has a Hispanic name she must be illegal right? But what more can be expected from people that are full of hate and prejudice

September 25, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Echo said...

Hey Titan31... You're ignorant. Look up the word "racist" in the dictionary. No one is denigrating Hispanics here. You don't even know what the word means and you accuse a whole community of being racist? I can't even call you intellectually dishonest because it is apparent that you don't even know the definition of the words you are using.

Also, We have a right to a country where our legally elected officials pass legislation and it is enforced. You probably don't have two dimes to rub together so get off the "holier than thou" trip unless you are willing to pick up the tab on the hospital bill. Parent fail. Federal Government Fail.

November 2, 2011 at 2:39 a.m.
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