3-year-old dies after being ejected from vehicle in Gulfport crash

A 3-year-old girl died after she was ejected from a vehicle that struck a guard rail near a bridge in icy weather, police said.

Lauryn McGuire died Saturday of blunt force trauma, said Jason W. Melancon of the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office in New Orleans.

The crash occurred Saturday morning.

Gulfport police confirmed the child’s death on Thursday after learning she had died at a hospital in Louisiana, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

The crash occurred about 9:21 a.m. Saturday, when police found a Ford Expedition at Three Rivers Road and River Road, Fulks said. The area is just south of a bridge over the Biloxi River.

The roads were icy that morning and snow was still on the ground, Fulks said.

The child was among five or six others traveling in a the vehicle, which struck a guardrail and left the road, careening into trees, according to initial reports.

The child was taken to Garden Park Medical Center and was transferred to the University Medical Center in New Orleans, where the she died later that day, Fulks said.

Police found a child safety seat in the SUV, but whether it was being used, became unbuckled or failed, isn’t clear, he said.

Others who were in the Ford Expedition sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, Fulks said. The driver’s name was not released.

Police closed the bridge and roads in surrounding areas temporarily.

No charges or citations have been issued, Fulks said.

The crash occurred during a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service and followed by warnings from public safety officials.

Officials had urged motorists to stay off the road if at all possible as low temperatures brought scattered snow on Friday and bridges and roads iced over through Saturday morning, and later Saturday in parts of Jackson County.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews