An 8-year-old girl is in critical condition following a two-car crash on Kauai Wednesday morning.
It happened at around 10 a.m. on Kuhio Highway in Anahola.
According to police, a Toyota truck was stopped in the northbound lane when it was rear-ended by a Mazda sedan.
The driver of the sedan, a 23-year-old Anahola woman, was not seriously hurt, but her front-seat passenger, an 8-year-old girl, was rushed to Wilcox Medical Center with critical injuries and has since been medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment.
The driver of the truck, a 24-year-old Kapaa man, was not hurt. His front-seat passenger, a 26-year-old Kapaa man, was treated by medics at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.
Kuhio Highway was closed in both directions to allow officers from KPD’s Traffic Safety Section to conduct an on-scene investigation and clear the scene.
The highway was reopened at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The crash highlights a recommendation many people may not know about.
The Honolulu Police Department says a child should be at least 13 years old to ride in the front seat of a car.
Air bags are meant to protect you in a crash, but when it comes to kids, air bags can cause serious injuries.
Protecting kids in the car goes beyond where they sit.
By law, all children under the age of 4 must be in a car seat. Children between the ages of 4 and 7 must be in a booster seat.
Breaking this law will cost you a fine as high as $500, and that’s not all. As the driver, you’ll have to attend a four-hour safety class.
The law is not to punish you, but to save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats can reduce deaths by as much as 71 percent.
Through June 4, police across the state will be keeping an eye out to make sure you’re following the law as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.
Everyone in the car, young and old, must be buckled up.