Three-Year-Old Child Killed in Early Morning Crash in Statesville

UPDATE: The father of the 3-year-old has been charged with driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle. Authorities say 24-year-old Caliu Axian and Costache Satira are the parents of the child. The child has been identified as Caliu Alexis Alehandro.

According to police, Axian was driving the vehicle and Satira was in the passengers seat. The child was not in any type of child restraint at the time of the crash, they say.

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Police say a three-year-old child has died after a traffic accident early Tuesday morning. The accident happened around 1:46 a.m. on East Broad Street. When police arrived on scene they found a 2003 Chevrolet minivan on its side in the front yard of 2553 East Broad Street.

Authorities and EMS began rendering aid to the driver and passengers of the car but unfortunately a 3-year-old in the van passed away at the scene. Two other passengers were treated for minor injuries.

The crash is under investigation.