Posted on Sep 28, 2010

A 7-year-old boy from Lawrenceville was killed in a Georgia traffic accident on Monday when his mother’s car was involved in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Gwinnett County.
The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27th.  The family was driving a Honda 
Civic on Boggs Road near Breckinridge Boulevard when the boy's mother, 28-year-old Vivian Nguyen, collided with the rear of a Chevrolet Camaro.  The impact pushed the Camaro into a Mercedes S500, which, in turn, hit a Dodge Magnum.
Ms. Nguyen did not realize traffic had stopped in front of her. 
The boy, Joshua Rodriguez, sustained life threatening injuries and was rushed to the hospital.  He died from his injuries.
Joshua was wearing only a lap belt. An 8-year-old boy sitting next to him was not seriously injured. He was wearing both a lap and shoulder belt.  It is possible that Joshua may have survived the accident had he been wearing a shoulder belt, but the accident is still under investigation.
Children under age eight are safest riding in booster seats with a properly fitted shoulder and lap belt.  Children over 4'9" tall are safe using only a seat belt when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest. 
At this time, no charges have been filed.
The staff at The Shane Smith Law would like offer our sincere condolences to Joshua’s family.

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