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Child hit by cab escapes serious injury

A toddler escaped serious injury when a van taxi backed over her in the driveway of her parents’ residence off Mud Lake Rd. the morning of August 20.

The injuries to 2-year-old Madison Bennett were described as minor abrasions from when she was struck by the rear of a 2004 Chevrolet van driven by David Sanders, 33, of Jacksonville.

The taxi had just returned with the baby and her parents to Sunshine Lane near CR 130 from a methadone drug treatment center in Jacksonville when the accident occurred about 10:30.

Trooper Justin Smatt of the Florida Highway Patrol said the baby was dragged underneath the cab and Mr. Sanders “stopped immediately” when he realized she was under the vehicle.

She was taken to Fraser Hospital for observation.

Mr. Sanders was not charged.

Cabs from the Jacksonville area are a familiar sight on Baker County roads transporting defendants in drug-related cases to court-ordered treatment.

Methadone is commonly used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients addicted to opiate drugs.

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