The girl suffered facial lacerations but was not seriously injured after she was thrown through the rear window of the car when it spun out of control on Tuesday, Nassau police said Wednesday.
Police are trying to determine whether the child was wearing a seat belt, whether she slipped out of a seat belt, and whether she had been restrained in the manner her age requires.
"Based on the fact that she was ejected, it is likely that she was not [properly] restrained,” said Nassau Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone. “Had she been secured, she wouldn’t have been ejected.”
The crash happened at 2:55 p.m. at Hempstead Turnpike and Claflin Boulevard. Police said Kevin Roberts, 60, tried to turn a 2000 Oldsmobile left onto Claflin from westbound Hempstead Turnpike in front of an eastbound Toyota, but struck the Toyota.
Repalone said the girl sustained what police called “non-life-threatening injuries.”
Roberts, of 35 Jefferson St., Franklin Square, was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree assault, reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said.
Roberts was arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.