Baby killed in crash on state highway 53 near Temple

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Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 7:24 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2023 at 8:21 AM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - A baby died after a crash on State Highway 53 in Bell County on Monday, March 13.

Texas Department of Safety Troopers responded to the crash at around 11:37 a.m. on SH 53 and Stone Road, east of Temple.

The driver of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV was traveling eastbound on SH 53 - and behind another unidentified vehicle - while approaching the intersection of SH 53 and Stone Road.

DPS said the driver of a 2017 Honda Pilot SUV stopped - facing eastbound - and attempted to make a left-hand turn north from SH 53 onto Stone Road.

As the Jeep approached the location of the Honda, the unidentified vehicle in front of the Jeep veered onto the shoulder to drive around and avoid colliding with the Honda Pilot.

The driver of the Jeep, however, failed to avoid colliding with the rear of the Honda, said DPS Sergeant Bryan Washko.

A 4-month-old baby passenger in the Honda was transported to Baylor Scott and White McLane Children’s Hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.