A 38-year-old woman attempted to pass an Amish buggy in the Seymour, Missouri Amish community, leading to a collision Tuesday. From KY3:
“All three people in the buggy were ejected,” McClure said.
Two of the people ejected were Barbara, and Sammy Schwartz, their baby was also ejected from the buggy.
“The child was transported from the scene to an area hospital in Springfield where the child was pronounced deceased at that time.”
Investigators say the parents have moderate injuries. Sgt. McClure said Young has not been charged. MSHP is investigating this incident.
According to Sgt. McClure, there is no rule the Amish community has to follow when it comes to having safety devices in buggies.
Amish don’t usually use child safety seats in buggies, though there are some examples of that here. I’m not sure how much it would have done to prevent this tragedy. But maybe it is something more Amish should consider as a precaution for their youngest ones. This is what one setup looks like. The seats appear to be secured here by bungee cords:
Mary Balboa, a local who owns a Mexican restaurant called El Patron, said she has lived in Seymour her whole life, and there have always been issues with cars running into buggies.
“There are signs out in the roads that there are buggies and to watch out, share the road with them,” Balboa said. “At the end of the day, they are human beings, they are people, and we should share the road with them,” she said.
I don’t know what else to add here except, Mary is right.