OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A 5-year-old Opelika child is currently in an Atlanta hospital after he fell out of a moving vehicle on Tuesday.
According to Opelika police, a call was received at 5:20 p.m. about a male child who fell from a moving vehicle in the parking lot of West Forest Intermediate School, located at 2801 Waverly Parkway.
Both law enforcement and Opelika Fire Department officials responded to the scene and found the child with serious injuries. Opelika Police Captain Bobby Kilgore explains how police believe the incident occurred.
"The parent was pulling into the school, picking up an older sibling from an after school activity. At this time it appears the child unbuckled the seatbelt and got out to try and leave the vehicle. He did leave the moving vehicle and fell to the pavement," Captain Kilgore said.
Opelika police say it appears the 5-year old boy was not in a booster seat or a car seat, but in a regular seatbelt in the back seat of the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation. Police can't say how fast the vehicle was traveling at this time.
They do say the child's injuries were a result of falling to the pavement and it does not appear the child was struck by the vehicle after he fell. At this point, charges have not been filed.
The child was initially taken to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus but later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for further treatment.
The child's condition is unknown at this time and his name has not been released. This accident remains under investigation by officers of the Opelika Police Department.
Opelika police want to remind parents to please activate child safety locks on your vehicle and always make sure your child stays buckled in a proper child restraint, like a car seat or booster.
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