N.C. child, 5, killed after being ejected from car when mom crashed into guardrail

24 days ago

Brunswick news, North Carolina news.

A North Carolina child died early Tuesday morning after being ejected from a car their mother crashed into a guardrail.

Police said that the 5-year-old victim was not wearing a seatbelt when 41-year-old Amanda Wright Bridgers lost control of her car and crashed into a metal guardrail on U.S. 74 near Leland.

The woman did not immediately realize that her child was ejected out the back passenger side window when the crash occurred shortly before 5 a.m. and kept driving for nearly a half mile.

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  • Bridgers drove back to the crash scene looking for her child. She found a deputy who helped locate the body.

    Police said that the trooper obtained an implied consent blood draw from Bridgers at the scene and toxicology results are pending.

    Bridgers was booked to the Brunswick County jail on charges of failure to maintain lane, careless and reckless driving, child restraint violation, and misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.