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Cops: Tot in fatal crash was in car seat

The NY State Police responded to a fatal

The NY State Police responded to a fatal accident on the westbound Southern State Parkway, west of Rt. 111, late Sunday afternoon. A two-year-old child was killed when this car left the road and crashed into the trees. The driver of the car was taken to Southside Hospital. (June 3, 2012) Credit: Stringer News Photo

A 2-year-old girl killed when her mother lost control of their car and hit a tree Sunday afternoon on the Southern State Parkway appears to have been properly restrained in a child safety seat, State Police said Monday.

Police have not released the name of the girl, but confirmed Monday that the driver, Tiayla Brooks, 22, of Freeport, was her mother.

State Police spokesman Frank Bandiero said the vehicle, a green Honda Civic, was traveling west on the Southern State when it left the roadway and struck a tree west of Route 111 in Islip about 5 p.m. Sunday.

Bandiero said the impact was focused on the rear passenger side of the Honda -- right where the girl was seated.

"It looks like she just lost control, drove off the roadway," Bandiero said Monday.

Brooks, who police said suffered bruises to her leg, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated and released.

Police said there is no apparent criminality in the accident, which remains under investigation.

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