A fatal accident in Raynham over the weekend is under investigation. The head-on collision on Saturday killed a mother from Taunton. Her only passenger was her 2-year-old daughter, who survived. Kerrin Durrigan was driving a white sedan on South Main Street when it collided into a black pick-up truck driven by Richard Lawrence, 25. His passenger was Justin Hauk, 27. Both from Raynham, they were taken to Morton Hospital and Medical Center. They were treated and have since been released.
Durrigan was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be extricated from the severely damaged car. Firefighters then performed CPR on Durrigan and she was taken to Morton Hospital and Medical Center. Fire Chief James Januse said that she was pronounced dead soon after.
Her daughter, Teagan Wilson, was taken to a Boston hospital to be monitored. Fire Chief Januse said “The child was in a car seat. That probably saved her life.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 8,959 young lives were saved from 1975 to 2008 because of child seats and restraints. Massachusetts law requires the use of child car seats until children are 8 years of age and are at least 57 inches tall.
The NHTSA recommends to:
• Find a car seat that fits your child’s age, height, and weight.
• Keep your child in the car seat for as long as they fit the seat’s height and weight requirements found in the manual.
• Children under 13 should always sit in the back seat.
When involved in a Massachusetts car accident, it is advised that you contact an experienced Massachusetts car accident lawyer.
Raynham Fire Chief: Being in car seat ‘probably saved’ child’s life in car crash, Taunton Daily Gazette, May 2, 2011
Child Passenger Safety Laws, Governors Highway Safety Administration, May 2011
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