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Investigators: Infant was properly strapped in at time of Tooele crash

Posted - Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.



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TOOELE -- Investigators now say a 9-month-old baby killed along with his parents in a head-on collision in Tooele was properly strapped into a car seat at the time of the crash.

Initially it was reported that Damian Herrera's car seat was not buckled in during the Jan. 28 crash. However, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, investigators now say there was confusion at the scene and that a seat belt securing the child seat to the car was in fact cut by rescue crews trying to get the child out.

Damian and his parents, 21-year-old Jacob Herrera and 30-year-old Kristi Westfall, were driving on State Road 36 when Herrera crossed into oncoming traffic. An 18-wheeler smashed into the vehicle, killing all three on impact.

Investigators say neither adult was wearing a seat belt.

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