MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (July 21, 2015) -- A mother and her young daughter who survived a harrowing crash hope their story will save lives.
Watching her five-year-old ride a bike didn't used to hold much meaning for Jessica Chapman, until the day a few weeks ago when the two were riding in her car.
"I saw something in the road, swerved and the rear end of the car went off the left side," Chapman said.
As she drove on a rural Madison County road, Chapman over-corrected and lost control.
"That's (when) we rolled. We ended up rolling twice," Chapman.
Her car was badly smashed when it finally stopped in a yard, narrowly missing a large tree. All the while, her daughter was sitting in the back seat.
"She was my first thought," Chapman said.
Amazingly, she and Chapman both walked away from the crash. The reason? They were both wearing seat belts and Chapman had her daughter in a booster seat.
"I'm very blessed that we both had our seat belts on," Chapman said.
Even the Indiana State Police Trooper who was first on the scene told Chapman he expected to find someone severely injured after seeing the car.
"If you take anything away from this story, it is that seat belts and child seats work," State Police Sgt. John Bowling said.
Bowling knows first-hand that there are plenty of people who don't use their child seats the right way.
"We've found seats that haven't even been buckled in. They're just sitting in the back seat," Bowling said.
Chapman, too, wanted to get the message out. At the same time, she's now finding new meaning in the little moments with her daughter -- whose name just happens to be Faith.
"The day she was born, Faith just kind of stuck. ... Always buckle up, you just truly, truly never know," Chapman said.
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