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Innocent lives changed after child killed in crash involving alleged drunk driver

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James O'Bannon James O'Bannon
That van was carrying several people, including twins Avani and LanNiya Ingram. Avani was killed in the crash. LanNiya is recovering at Kosair Children's Hospital. That van was carrying several people, including twins Avani and LanNiya Ingram. Avani was killed in the crash. LanNiya is recovering at Kosair Children's Hospital.
Rosalind Donald Rosalind Donald

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Innocent lives were changed forever after a 5-month-old child was killed in a crash on Friday, March 14 because of an alleged drunk driver.

Monday that driver, James O'Bannon, appeared in court.

"Mr. O'Bannon the last judge that was here said if you don't stop drinking you are gonna kill somebody. Guess what?" said the prosecutor.

O'Bannon is facing several charges including murder, assault, DUI and driving on a suspended license for DUI. On Friday night, police said O'Bannon was drunk when he ran a stop sign and hit a minivan.

That van was carrying several people, including twins Avani and LanNiya Ingram. Avani was killed in the crash. LanNiya is recovering at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Rosalind Donald is with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She said Jefferson County has seen the most drunk driving offenses in the state.

Donald said there is pending legislation in Frankfort like the ignition interlock system, to make it harder for those convicted of driving under the influence to get behind the wheel when intoxicated.

"The ignition interlock, is the system that goes on the ignition where the offender has to blow into to unlock the ignition to drive it," said Donald.

Donald said this didn't have to happen.

"One-third of all convicted drunk drivers nationwide are repeat offenders driving on suspended licensing so it is a current problem for everyone," said Donald.

Police said O'Bannon tried to run away on foot and officers caught up with him. Police did find alcohol in his car. O'Bannon has 11 other charges for drinking in public since 2001.

Police said the twins were in a car seat and they are checking to see whether those car seats were properly installed.

Child safety experts say every parent needs to make sure their car seat is the right kind, facing the correct way and fits properly.

"Most crashes are head on and  if you take an impact to back of the car seat helps absorb the impact," said Kosair Children's Hospital RN Erika Janes.

You can get your car seat professional installed and inspected at Kosair Children's Hospital.

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