A 15-month old boy died late Friday after the car he was riding in ran off Flat Rock Road and struck a tree, authorities said.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan identified the child as Princeton Sagoe of Columbus. The child was taken to The Medical Center after the 10:55 a.m. accident near Flagstone Drive but was transferred with head injuries to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. He was pronounced dead at the hospital about 11:24 p.m., Bryan said.
An autopsy may be performed on the child today to determine a cause of death, the coroner said.
In a report, police said the boy's mother Malinda Sagoe was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu north on Flat Rock when she noticed the child was out of his car seat and standing. The car then swerved off the road and first struck a privacy fence before striking a tree some 400 feet from Flagstone Drive.
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Bryan said the child had blunt force trauma to the head and may have struck the windshield of the vehicle.
The accident remains under investigation by the Columbus Police Department.