Will news in Edwardsville media of the latest motor vehicle crashes be enough to make drivers pay attention to the road and traffic instead of their phones? Let’s hope so. The crashes claimed the lives of five school children in a series of wrecks across the nation.
The horrific distracted driving crashes began in Rochester, Indiana, where twin 6-year-old brothers and their 9-year-old sister were struck and killed by a pick-up as they crossed the street to get on their school bus. Another child was struck, injured and then airlifted to a hospital for treatment. The pick-up driver has been charged with reckless homicide.
The following day, a 9-year-old Mississippi boy was hit and killed as he tried to cross the street to get to his school bus. Also that day, a 5-year-old boy was struck by a car as he walked by his school bus in Tallahassee, Florida. The kindergartner was injured, but is reportedly OK and has been released from the hospital.
The carnage continued when a 7-year-old boy waiting for his bus in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, was found dead at the bus stop by the bus driver. The boy was apparently killed by a hit-and-run driver.
That same day, five school children and two adults were hospitalized in Tampa, Florida, after they were hit by a driver as they waited for a school bus. Two of the kids have serious injuries, according to a news article on the distracted driving crashes.
We hope news of this series of terrible tragedies is enough to wake people up to the dangers of distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a distracted driver, contact an Edwardsville law firm experienced in personal injury litigation.