Police: Toddler dies after 4-car crash in Springfield

A two-year-old child has died weeks after being injured in a four-car pile-up in Springfield. 

Police were called around 10:40 a.m. on July 29 to a four-car crash on Backlick Road near Barta Road. The driver of a 2007 Lincoln Town Car was traveling north on Backlick Road with the child unrestrained, sitting on the driver’s lap. 

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As the driver went through the intersection at Barta Road, the car drifted toward the center median and hit a traffic signal pole. The car traveled into oncoming traffic, sideswiping a 2017 Ford F-150 then colliding head-on with a 2019 Ford F-350. The F-350 then rolled backward into a 2018 Mercedes GLE 350.

The driver and child in the Lincoln Town Car and the driver of the F-350 were all taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The child remained hospitalized since the crash and sadly passed away Wednesday night. Both drivers were treated and released from the hospital.

Detectives say a child safety seat was not present in the Lincoln Town Car. 

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Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors for the driver, but detectives are continuing to investigate to determine if drugs were a factor. The case remains an active investigation and charges are anticipated for the driver of the Lincoln Town Car.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone -1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type "FCCS" plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click here

This is the seventh non-pedestrian-related fatality in the County to date in 2021.