Thinking back to your childhood, you probably remember time spent riding your bike. You probably had a lot of fun and enjoyed being able to feel the breeze on your face. For one 6-year-old boy in Orlando, riding his bicycle to school ended up costing him his life.
The accident occurred as the boy was riding his bike to Meadow Woods Elementary School. His brother, a fifth grader, was riding with him. At the time of the accident, the boys were walking their bikes across a street. A 47-year-old truck driver didn’t yield at an intersection and slammed into the young boy. The driver said he didn’t see the boy. The child was dragged under the semi truck, which was hauling a flatbed trailer with a load of lumber.
The boy’s mother and brother were trying to perform CPR on the child before the Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrived. He later died at Nemours Children’s Hospital.
The semi truck accident is still under investigation, but a Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant says they haven’t decided what to charge the man with yet. She did say that charges are pending against the driver, who had three minor driving offenses on his record.
Losing a child under such unexpected and tragic circumstances must be very difficult for this grieving family. In time, they might decide to seek compensation for expenses related to the loss of their son. This compensation, if awarded, wouldn’t be a replacement for their son, but it could help to lessen the financial impact these expenses have on the family. Seeking assistance from a Florida attorney experienced in wrongful death cases might help them to decide if seeking compensation is something they want to pursue.
Source: News 13, “Semi hits, kills 6-year-old boy riding bike to school in Orlando” Caroline Rowland, Feb. 05, 2014