It goes without saying that there is never a good time for a car accident to occur. However, there are some circumstances in which the tragedy of losing a loved one in a fatal crash is compounded by other events. This is what a southeastern Pennsylvania family is facing after a 4-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a passing vehicle.
The fatal accident took place a few hours after the funeral for the victim of a fatal shooting earlier in April. According to authorities, the 38-year-old man who died might have been an innocent bystander when he was struck down. Among the attendees at the funeral was the man’s 4-year-old son.
A few hours after the funeral, the boy was in a vehicle when he exited the car. It isn’t clear exactly why the boy got out of the vehicle when he did, but he was apparently in harm’s way. The driver of the vehicle that hit the boy did stop and render aid to the victim; however, the 4-year-old was pronounced dead later in the day after he was taken to a hospital.
Officials who responded to the incident said that it appeared to be an accident, and that they were continuing to investigate it. Regardless of a cause, it is the second blow to a family in the span of a few weeks. Experienced attorneys can offer advice to families who have been put in unbearable circumstances, and help them to understand the options they might have available to them.
Source: WHTM-TV, “Boy, 4, killed by vehicle after dad’s funeral,” April 14, 2014