Baby falls out of car onto roadway

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LEE’S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) — A quick-thinking stranger came to the aid of a baby after the infant fell out of a moving vehicle onto a highway entrance ramp Sunday night.

Police are trying to determine how the 1-year-old child fell from the back seat of the car while the driver was turning off Chipman Road onto a Highway 50 on-ramp. A second child was in the back seat, according to the Lee’s Summit Police Department.

This occurred about 6 p.m. Sunday. A passing motorist stopped and gave CPR. Emergency crews responded and an ambulance rushed the baby to an area hospital.

Police did not know Sunday night the extent of the infant’s injuries.

The initial investigation indicates the driver of the vehicle was traveling east on Chipman preparing to turn onto the entrance ramp for the westbound lanes of Highway 50. While making the turn onto the ramp, a 1-year-old child in the back seat of the vehicle fell out of the rear passenger door and onto the roadway.

A passing motorist immediately stopped and protected the child while administering first aid until emergency crews arrived.

Police are investigating to see how, or if, the child was secured in the vehicle prior to the incident and how the door was opened.

By Dave Eckert