Toddler who died as a result of Thanksgiving crash was properly restrained, highway patrol says

The child that died as a result of injuries from a Thanksgiving Day rear-end crash in Clark County was properly restrained when the crash occurred, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The child was not ejected from the vehicle and was properly restrained when the crash occurred,” Lt. Brian Aller with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Monday.

Camiyah Carty died around 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to the family of the 18-month-old and Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to a post on a GoFundMe set up by Camiyah's mother, Ciera Jones, of Springfield, and a family friend, Pamela Dyer, Camiyah's organs were donated.

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“Camiyah is an organ donor and will save the lives of at least eight children. Eight mommies will get to take their babies home because of these precious gifts and the selfless act of organ donation from her and her parents,” a post from Sunday said. “It’s a very sad day for mommy and daddy as well as other family and friends.”

As of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe account had raised $2,964 of it’s $5,000 goal. All donations raised will go to Jones and to help pay for Camiyah’s funeral arrangements.

Camiyah was in the back seat of a PT Cruiser that had a blown tire when it was hit from behind by an SUV near the Lower Valley Pike intersection shortly before 11:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving, according to Springfield Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Both vehicles were traveling towards Springfield,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said at the time of the accident.

The PT Cruiser was in the right lane, traveling slower than other traffic, but the speed of both cars in the crash is still under investigation, Murphy said.

Sgt. Shane Meddock of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said at the scene of the accident the child was properly belted in her car seat when the accident occurred.

“The car seat was properly fastened in the back seat, facing forward,” Meddock said. “The mother had taken the child out of the car seat herself after the accident.”

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Initial reports indicated as many as five cars could have been involved in the crash, however, troopers determined it only involved two vehicles.

As a result of the crash, four people were taken to the hospital.

Kile Cooper, 22, of Dayton, was inside the vehicle with Camiyah and Jones at the time of the crash.

Cooper was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and Camiyah was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital by CareFlight.

The two people in the other vehicle involved in the crash were taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek with minor injuries.

No charges have been filed in relation to the crash, Aller said, however, it is still under investigation.

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