The end of the year brings a time for giving thanks and celebrating. Many
students consider at least one of their teachers to be something they
are grateful for, and so many gifts find their way to schools around the
nation as children express their fondness for them. One New York family
is grieving after their son was recently struck and killed in a truck
accident while he was taking his present to his teacher.
The 8-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister were just a short distance
away from their school. They were in the process of crossing the street
in what many local residents referred to as a dangerous crosswalk when
a tractor-trailer struck and killed the young boy. Though it was not immediately
available, it appears that the boy's sister was not injured, since
she rushed home to tell her parents what had happened.
Due to the children's close proximity to the school, one of the assistant
principals had seen the entire tragedy take place, and she raced to try
to help the boy. She even accompanied him to the hospital in the ambulance.
The young boy was unfortunately pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver of the truck was arrested on several charges, including operating
a vehicle without a license. While nothing can replace this New York family's
loss, they are protected under state law and may have the right to seek
compensation for their loss in this truck accident. If the driver's
actions are proved to be reckless or negligent, a successfully litigated
wrongful death claim can help cover medical bills and final expenses that
the family incurred. In addition, with such a young child involved, parents
may wish to seek loss of companionship in addition to pain and suffering.
Source: NY Daily News, Queens family mourns 8-year-old killed by unlicensed truck
driver in Woodside, Alfred Ng, Barry Paddock and Corinne Lestch, Dec. 20, 2013