By LeaAnne Klentzman
Tuesday morning a traffic accident on the Fort Bend Parkway near Highway 6 claimed the life of a seven year old boy.
A Sienna Plantation woman driving a neighborhood carpool to school lost control of her vehicle resulting in the fatal traffic accident. According to Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Chief Deputy Chad Norvell said a Chevy Tahoe driven by a Sienna Plantation mom was traveling northbound on the Fort Bend Parkway from Highway 6. While traveling on the roadway, the driver was distracted by the children in the backseat. While dealing with the backseat problem, the Tahoe drifted to the edge of the road. Norvell said the preliminary investigation indicates that when the driver realized she had drifted, she over compensated and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over.
Although all children were reported to have been belted in, 7 year old Grant Lee Briers, was ejected from the passenger window on the driver’s side of the Tahoe. The driver of the car, who was not identified, was taking her three children and a neighbor’s son to a private school in Houston. The driver and her three children were treated for non life threatening injuries.
Grant Briers is survived by his parents, two school aged sisters and grandparents.
Chief Deputy Norvell said the accident was worked by Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Kyle Cornell, who is assigned to the Toll Road Authority as a traffic enforcement specialist along with assistance from the Missouri City and Sugar Land Traffic Enforcement Units.
*UPDATE* The 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was being driven by Dayonaja Williams, 37, of Missouri City. Chief Deputy Constable Chad Norvell said. “Williams did state that all of the children were restrained by seat belts or child safety seats. It is unclear whether Briers was restrained or if he may have unbuckled himself.”
The investigation is continuing and no charges are expected.
However, Texas law does require that children be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat until the age of 8 or 4’9” tall. “Children under 4’9” can be ejected when only restrained by a seat belt.