It only takes seconds to distract a driver’s eyes off the road. Whether it is another person in the car, texting on a phone, eating or looking at nearby businesses, an insignificant distraction can mean the difference between life or death for someone involved a car accident. Recently, in Illinois, a driver struck a woman and a 2-year-old boy with his car as he made a left turn onto another street.
The driver turned left onto the road the woman and boy were crossing when he hit them with his vehicle. Current reports do not state the suspected reason the driver did not see the woman or the small child. The driver, a male, was not arrested at the scene but was taken into custody. Witness report that the driver did not appear to be under any kind of influence at the time of the accident.
The 39 year-old female victim was taken to a nearby medical center where she was treated and reported to be in stable condition. A nurse was nearby when the tragedy occurred and performed CPR on the young boy until paramedics arrived. The child sadly died at the scene of the accident.
The driver was issued five traffic citations. The victim’s family faces an overwhelming amount of grief, medical and funeral expenses. Though compensation will not replace the lost life of the boy, it will help to relieve some of the unexpected financial stress from the mounting bills. Family members who have lost a loved one in a tragic car accident can benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney in Illinois about their options for a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.
Source: NBC Chicago, “Driver Cited After 2-Year-Old Killed by Car in Jefferson Park“, Nov. 14, 2016