It is the thing we all fear when we hear about a car accident — that the crash was so violent, so destructive, that someone lost their life. This sentiment is even more tragic when the car accident involves fatal injuries to a very young person who had so much life to look forward to.
Sadly, this is the case in San Jose, California, where a 6-year-old girl — who was crossing the street with her aunt and 2-year-old sister — was struck by an oncoming car. Her injuries were catastrophic, and she died at a nearby hospital. Her aunt and younger sister survived the ordeal.
The pedestrian accident has prompted some questions about the area where the wreck occurred. Apparently there has been a speeding problem in the vicinity recently. Officials do not know if speeding played a role in this accident; but, they will investigate the matter and come to a conclusion on any negligent activity that the driver may have participated in during the buildup to the accident. Investigators will also try to determine if the family was in the crosswalk when the crash happened.
This report could support any civil action that the family chooses to take against the driver.
Remember, a civil lawsuit does not necessitate that the defendant has done something criminal. When a loved one is killed under wrongful circumstances, the defendant can be held accountable for their non-criminal actions in civil court. In this case, even with the driver pulling over and cooperating with authorities, there could still be a civil legal matter.
Source: CBS SF Bay Area, “SUV Fatally Strikes San Jose Girl; Injures Aunt, Sister,” May 14, 2013