A trucker was driving down a street in a small Minnesota city when he saw a door of the car in front of him fly open, and a child in a car seat fall to the ground. His quick actions kept the child from any further danger.
It was just before noon on January 14th when the incident occurred. Driver Chad “Cheddar” Mock watched as the left rear door of the silver car in front of him popped open while going around a curve and a toddler in a car seat dropped out of the car and fell to the road.
Mock jumped out of his truck and, while waiving his arms to stop traffic and try to alert the silver car, ran to the child. He was able to get to her and get her out of the roadway safely.
When authorities arrived and emergency services examined the child, it turned out that she was completely uninjured.
According to Mankato public safety commander Daniel Schisel, the child had been secured into the car seat correctly, but the seat itself was not properly fastened inside the vehicle. It’s unclear how the door opened, but some reports indicate that the child may have opened the door.
The child’s mother returned a short time later after realizing what had happened. Authorities have charged her with child endangerment, child passenger restraint not fastened, and for a permit violation. The mother faces a total of a maximum of 18 months in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, or both.
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