Young child loses mother and siblings in auto-pedestrian accident

The dangers of reckless driving are very real. Driving at excessive speeds makes it harder to react to certain situations such as a car suddenly stopping in front of the reckless driver or pedestrians crossing the road. In a split second, the lives of both the driver and the victim can change forever. A tragic highway accident in Philadelphia is a somber reminder of the lasting impacts of reckless driving.

A 5-year-old boy is now without his mother and his three younger siblings after they were hit and killed by a car that was reportedly drag racing. The family was walking home from a relative’s house just a mile away. As they were crossing Roosevelt Boulevard, they were hit just a few feet from the sidewalk. It is unknown how fast the cars were traveling at the time of the accident, but the impact was so hard that it knocked woman approximately 200 feet down the road. The legal speed limit on the road is 40 mph. The 12-lane road is notorious for reckless driving, however. Motorists often run traffic lights and drive at speeds up to 60 mph. The two men involved in the alleged racing accident now face vehicle homicide charges. They were also charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for their role in the auto-pedestrian accident.

In addition to criminal charges, the pair could also face legal consequences in civil court if the victims’ next of kin files a lawsuit. They could be entitled to compensation to cover the medical and funeral expenses of the deceased. The surviving child could also be entitled to compensation to help with child-rearing expenses. Those who have suffered physically or emotionally because of the negligence of another driver may want to consult with an attorney regarding their rights.

Source:, “Two men face murder and manslaughter charges for Philadelphia car crash that killed a mother and her three young sons,” Associated Press, July 18, 2013

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