Police are searching for a woman who intentionally drove head on into a garbage truck, injuring her unrestrained child.
The accident happened on Monday, January 4th in Haines City, Florida at around 8:30 a.m.
According to CBS Tampa Bay, 34-year-old Taquire Studimire intentionally drover her Honda Civic straight into the front of a garbage truck at North 14th Street and Stuart Avenue, sending her unrestrained child flying into the dash and onto the floorboard. Studimire then exited her vehicle and approached the garbage truck driver, young child in hand, blaming him for the incident.
After blaming the garbage truck driver, Studimire loaded back into her car and backed into traffic, the passenger side door still hanging open and nearly hitting another vehicle.
Upon investigation, police found the child at a nearby daycare with a bruise on their head and a swollen cheek. Authorities collected the child and transported them to a hospital for further evaluation. The child was not found to have sustained any other injuries.
“The blatant disregard shown for this child is appalling,” Chief Jim Elensky said. “She proceeded to put others in danger with her carelessness and has taken no responsibility for her actions. Perhaps jail time is what she needs to mull it over. It is fortunate that no one was seriously hurt.”
Officers were able to contact Studimire by phone, but have been unable to locate her. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636.