9-year-old dies days after fatal car crash in family's driveway

Oklahoma investigators are still working to determine whether a truck driver is at fault for the death of a 9-year-old child after a fatal car accident in Valley Brook. The incident occurred in May, when a neighbor behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Tahoe ran into the small child as he was playing near the family's driveway. The child's relatives are still in mourning because of the outcome of the fatal car crash.

In this case, it appears that the collision was just an unfortunate accident, and the driver may not even face criminal charges for killing the elementary school student. Speed and alcohol have been ruled out as factors in the crash. Even though the driver is not facing any type of criminal action at this time, the driver can still be held responsible for financial damages in civil court. This family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of that driver's negligence; such inattentive drivers should be held accountable for their actions.

Relatives say they are simply trying to come to terms with the fact that the young child was fatally struck by the vehicle in front of his home while playing with his two brothers. The victim did not die until two weeks after the crash. He was hospitalized in the interim. Students from his elementary school wrote him letters while he was in hospital, including a heartbreaking letter from his younger brother.

These family in this case likely accrued significant medical bills due to the intensive care required for the boy while he was in the hospital. They could use civil damages to pay for those medical costs. Further compensation could also be provided for loss of companionship, pain and suffering and a variety of other civil claims.

Source: News9.com, "Accident That Killed Valley Brook Child Still Under Investigation" Heather Hope, May. 30, 2014

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