BEACON FALLS — A 1-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after being ejected from a car during a wreck on Route 8 north Friday.
State police described the toddler’s injuries as minor. Police also said the child was not properly secured in a car seat.
The crash happened about 3 p.m. near exit 24.
The man driving the car in which the boy was traveling faces a number of charges, including reckless driving. The driver was identified as Alex Malave, 42.
Malave and the toddler were traveling in a 1999 Chevrolet Venture when Malave lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the back of a 2017 Subaru Legacy being driven by an Ansonia resident.
The Subaru spun out of control and struck the guardrail, and became ensnared in the rails, dragging them across the highway.
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The vehicle Malave and the little boy were in hit a guardrail support and flipped over. The boy was thrown from the vehicle, but state police reported minor injuries for all involved.
Malave was charged with failing to have a child in a restraint seat, reckless driving, failing to drive a reasonable distance apart, misuse of plates, failing to have insurance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, risk of injury to a minor, and reckless endangerment.
The accident summary did not detail the relationship between the boy and the driver, but noted the Department of Children and Family Services was notified.
The accident summary and “arrestee section” listed two home addresses for Malave — Danbury and Hartford. The summary also noted two court dates at which he’ll appear — Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.