Infant Thrown from SUV in River North Car Crash Wasn't in Car Seat

By Quinn Ford on May 14, 2013 7:08am 

 An 11-month-old baby was thrown from an SUV after it was hit by semitruck near the intersection of Ohio and Dearborn streets.
An 11-month-old baby was thrown from an SUV after it was hit by semitruck near the intersection of Ohio and Dearborn streets.
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RIVER NORTH — An 11-month-old girl thrown from an SUV after it was hit by a semitruck early Tuesday morning wasn't strapped into a car seat as the law requires, police said.

About 2:08 a.m., a man driving the semitruck ran a red light and struck the SUV in the 600 block of North Dearborn Street, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

The infant girl, who was being held by a woman in the back seat of the SUV, was thrown from the vehicle, Estrada said.

The baby was taken to Lurie Children's Hospital, where her condition stabilized, Estrada said. Police said Tuesday morning the baby is expected to recover from her injuries.

The driver of the semi, David Lecher, 39, was ticketed for failure to stop at a red light. The driver of the SUV, Cresencio Acuna, 31, was charged with not having a valid driver's license and failure to restrain a child under age 4.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.

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