UPDATE: 8-Year-Old Child Killed in Turnpike Accident

An 8-year-old girl from Queens, N.Y. was killed and two others were injured following an accident on the N.J. Turnpike late Monday morning.

An 8-year-old girl from Queens was killed in a car accident shortly before noon following an accident on the N.J. Turnpike in South Brunswick Monday.  

Ayanah Paxton, 8, of Queens, N.Y., was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick after being airlifted from the scene. Also injured in the accident were Pricilla Paxton, 48, also of Queens, and Maurice Corney, 17, of Jamaica Plains, N.Y., according to the New Jersey State Police. Both were taken to the hospital, but no information was available as to the extent of their injuries.

At about 11:45 a.m., a one vehicle accident occurred in the southbound lane of the Turnpike north of Exit 8A, adjacent to mile marker 75.2, according to Trooper Christopher Kay.

The vehicle, driven by Pricilla Paxton, struck the median and overturned, causing Ayanah to be ejected from the vehicle, according to police. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, according to the NJSP. 

The inner roadway was closed to allow for the landing of the helicopter. As of 12:58 p.m., there were delays on the Turnpike inner roadway southbound from north of Exit 9 to north of Exit 8A in South Brunswick. The Turnpike Authority was reporting a 9-mile traffic backup. 

All lanes were reopened as of 1:30 p.m., Kay said.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

T. OBrien May 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
My Husband was called to the seen and the little girl was NOT wearing her seat belt. Both the driver and passenger were.
Sanriobaby May 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
What a horrible tragedy and sadly, this child's death may have been avoided. Seatbelts are there for a reason, and it's been proven time and time again that wearing one, regardless of age or where you are seated in a car saves lives. I hope this child's death serves as a reminder to all that wearing a seatbelt should be mandatory and in fact, the car shouldn't even start unless everyone inside has been properly buckled in. May Ayanna RIP....
Joe R May 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Isn't it kind of premature to be judging and condemning the parents before all the facts and information are in. Maybe they were derelict in their duties, maybe not. Possibly the child had undid herself or maybe the parents had to momentarily unbuckle the child for whatever reason when the accident ocurred. It's just too early to be judge, jury and executioner based on this very brief article. All thoughts and prayers to the deceased child, her parents and family.
Eyeballs May 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM
May God comfort the families.
KW May 03, 2012 at 01:46 PM
This was my cousin. She was seatbelted and what we dont know is if she came out of it or some part of it before going to sleep. If you have kids this age, you know they at times will pull the top half of the strap off of themselves. I have had my own kids do this and sometimes dont realize they have done this until we stop the car. This has taught me to continously check though. Thanks for the prayers.


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