An 11 year old Minnesota boy was killed in a car vs. pedestrian accident when walking along a rural road with his father on August 21. Police say that the boy was just 11 years old and died from his injuries after he was hit by the car.
The female driver, 46, drifted across the road and hit the boy who was not on the roadway. The boy was flown to an area hospital in critical condition. However, he could not be saved.
Criminal investigation in the case is ongoing while the accident scene is reconstructed and toxicology reports are completed. The driver has not been identified to the media.
Friends and family are raising funds to help the boy’s parents with funeral costs.
Under Minnesota law, the families of wrongful death victims like this young boy, may file a liability claim separate from any criminal charges. In the liability claim, the family may recover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, and the value of the relationship the young boy had with his parents and other family members. This loss of relationship is often the most important loss suffered by the family.
Pedestrian accidents occur more than people think. Special driver responsibility rules protect pedestrians in traffic. For example, pedestrians normally have the right-of-way at an intersection. Despite this, motorists often do not pay attention to pedestrians or do not stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
Pedestrians also have responsibility in traffic. Pedestrians should always cross at crosswalks and follow traffic signals. Do not wear ear buds or other distracting items while walking, and follow the Rules of the Road.
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