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Review team reports decrease in vehicle-related deaths of children (7-13-99)

Although motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are still the number-one cause of children's death by injury in Bexar County, the rate of MVA-related deaths has dropped in the past year, says Dr. Juan Parra, associate professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Parra is a member of the Bexar County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) and one of the organizers of a statewide CFRT network meeting to be held July 14 through 16 at the Menger Hotel.

In addition to the drop in MVA-related deaths, says Dr. Parra, there were fewer drowning deaths, and the instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome fell by half. Most of the child fatalities in Bexar County are due to natural causes, but many of the children who die in Texas are killed in accidents and homicides.

CFRT professionals investigate every death of a child that occurs in the community and much of South Central Texas. Bexar County team members include representatives from the Texas Department of Child Protective and Regulatory Services, the District Attorney's Office, the Medical Examiner's office, the San Antonio Police Department, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and the Alamo Children's Advocacy Center.

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