Texas toddler dies on 3rd birthday after crash

May 10, 2011 8:02:42 AM PDT
An East Texas toddler has died on his third birthday from injuries suffered in a car wreck. Authorities say Luke Alexander Danapas of Big Sandy was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital Sunday, a day after the crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brandon Love says the boy's parents and 3-month-old sister and the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle had minor or no injuries.

Love tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the toddler was in a child safety seat when the teen's vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of a highway near Gilmer, about 120 miles east of Dallas. Love says metal tore away from the roof of the family's car and struck the boy in the forehead.

The trooper says the teenage driver may have fallen asleep.

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