Baby ejected during crash released from hospital

Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 19:41:07-05

FORT THOMAS, Ky. – A 7-month-old thrown from a car during a crash last month is out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

One man, Michael Gilliam was killed in the crash. Police said it was heroin-related, but no arrest has been made yet because investigators are still working to determine who was driving the car as it sped from I-471 onto eastbound I-275.

Police are hoping blood work will prove who was on heroin and who wasn’t, Lt. Rich Whitford said. The results could be back as early as next week. Police found several needles believed to be used to heroin in the car.

Investigators are also enhancing traffic video to see if that will help determine who was driving, Whitford said.

Police tried to talk to the baby’s mother, Amanda Thomas, but she’s still unresponsive from injuries suffered in the crash, Whitford said. She may have suffered long-term damage.

Witnesses said the car was going fast when it veered off the shoulder from the middle lane, then rolled several times.

The baby was not strapped in at the time of the crash.

“This is a tough one, especially to watch, knowing what’s going to happen, watching this baby being thrown in the air like a ragdoll and landing on the rocks,” Whitford said.

Another man, Billy Jones, was involved in he crash but was not ejected, police previously said.