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A 6-year-old girl is in critical condition in a Louisville hospital after she was ejected from a vehicle Thursday night on the Western Kentucky Parkway in Hardin County.
Mya Farrar was the only passenger injured in the single-vehicle wreck Thursday near the parkway’s 128-mile marker, according to Kentucky State Police. Her father, who was driving the car, faces three traffic-related charges.
Norman Chaffins, spokesman for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said Mya was in stable but critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
According to a news release from KSP, Post 4 received a call at 7:35 p.m. Thursday reporting an injury crash on the parkway. When a trooper responded, Mya’s father, Joshua Farrar of Indianapolis, reported he was eastbound on the parkway in a 2004 Acura when he swerved to avoid debris in the road, police said.
The Acura entered the median, overcorrected and crossed the eastbound lanes before leaving the roadway and striking a tree with the passenger side rear door, according to police. The car came to a rest in a ditch line facing north.
Mya, who was not in a booster seat, apparently was ejected through the back window when the car hit the tree, according to police.
Farrar told police his daughter was wearing a seat belt, but on Friday, KSP reported evidence shows the seat belt where the 6-year-old was sitting was not buckled. In addition, police said they found no evidence of debris on the parkway.
The father is charged with possession of a suspended operator’s license, no insurance and a booster seat violation, according to the release.
Chaffins said a child younger than 7 years old or between 41 and 50 inches in height must be in a booster seat. Mya fit both those requirements, he said.
“She was supposed to be in a booster seat at least,”he said.
Farrar’s 10-year-old son also was in the car during the collision, but police said he was not injured.
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