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Mother critical in Richland Hills crash that ejected baby

RICHLAND HILLS -- A Haltom City mother remained in critical condition Monday from injuries she received in a Sunday one-car accident in which her baby was ejected from the rolling vehicle, police said.

The 6-month-old infant suffered numerous injuries, but her condition has improved from Sunday, a family member said Monday. The baby was expected to be released from a Fort Worth hospital on Monday, police said.

The mother was identified as Sarah Florez, 20, who was at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital. Her baby was at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Florez’s 3-year-old son who also was in the car was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where he was treated and released a few hours after the accident on Sunday.

Police did not release the names of the children.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. Sunday in the 6900 block of Texas 121, just west of Handley Ederville Road.

“She may have fallen asleep or she may have been texting or she may have been taking care of her baby who was in the back seat,” Richland Hills police Det. Tye Bell said Monday. “We just don’t know for sure right now because we have not had a chance to talk to her.”

The car left the roadway and struck a drainage ditch, then a light pole, which sent the vehicle rolling, police said Monday.

The woman’s 6-month-old daughter was ejected, but her 3-year-old son remained in the vehicle, police said Monday. Florez and her son were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, according to police reports.

Police closed down the westbound lanes of the highway near the accident for about three hours as authorities investigated the accident.

Police from Fort Worth, Hurst and North Richland Hills and deputies with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department assisted Richland Hills police.

Correspondent Andrew Chavez contributed to this report.