Runaway Car Kills Baby and Seriously Injures Mother

In Northwoods County, a baby girl was killed and her mother was seriously injured after the at-fault driver suffered from a medical emergency and collided into the bus stop.

On October 2, 2013, Larry Jones, age 41 of St. Louis, Missouri was charged by St. Louis prosecutors with involuntary manslaughter.

On April 15, 2013 around 11:00 a.m., Larry Jones was operating a Buick Century eastbound along Natural Bridge Avenue between Melba Place and Nelson Drive when he crossed into westbound traffic and collided with pedestrians, Erica Hughes, age 39, and her 8-month-old baby, Alyja Hughes, as they stood at a bus stop. The car also collided with a sign and a mailbox before overturning and ending up back on its tires.

Erica Hughes and Larry Jones were both seriously injured and transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in critical condition.

Chief, Quinten Randolph, of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District said the woman’s daughter was in a stroller when the car struck them. The woman was thrown into the parking lot of the Love Discount Store and the 8-month-old baby was thrown into a patch of grass just east of the parking lot.

David Smith, age 35, who lives across Natural Bridge and a few houses down, said his mother told him about the crash. He said he was a former volunteer firefighter and was training to become an emergency medical technician. Smith said he performed CPR on the girl until paramedics arrived and transported her into the ambulance.

Police say doctors warned Larry Jones not to drive or operate vehicles while he was taking an anti-seizure medication.

The patrol did not specify Jones’ medical condition but Erica Betts, Jones’ niece, said he is diabetic and may have had a seizure while driving to a dialysis treatment in St. Louis.

Witnesses told the Missouri State Highway Patrol that Jones had been experiencing blackouts because of medical conditions and that his family members had been driving him, according to court documents.

Jones told investigators that he had taken Gabapentin before the crash, which caused him to black out. He told police that doctors told him not to drive while taking the medication, and that it always made him dizzy, according to court documents.

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