6-week-old found unharmed, upside down in car seat after flying out of SUV during accident

Posted at 6:14 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 10:09:17-05

TURLOCK, CA — A 6-week-old baby miraculously survives a collision after being thrown from the back seat of an SUV in a car seat in California.

The California Highway Patrol said the baby was found still in his car seat upside down on the shoulder of the road, and it's a miracle the baby had only minor injuries.

"I've been on for 17 years. I've never seen anything like this before," Officer Thomas Olsen said.

The California Highway Patrol says Ezra Benitez's parents were driving their Cadillac SUV south down Highway 99 in Turlock with the baby and his toddler brother in the back seat.

They crashed near the Main St. exit, and the SUV flipped several times before stopping.

Ezra was in his car seat in the back during the crash, but the seat was not installed right. He was flung out a broken window.

In a message to FOX40, his father Ulizes Benitez said he frantically crawled out of the SUV and searched for his baby boy.

Firefighters arrived and found Ezra on the shoulder of the road - upside down on a bush - but still in his car seat and for the most part unharmed.

His father, mother and toddler brother were also okay after the wreck.

"We can sit here today with a smile on our face knowing that nobody was seriously injured, but this is a good learning moment for all of us who have children that the proper installation of a car seat is so important," Olsen said.