According to Bradenton police, a young boy who was just a month away from his second birthday was fatally injured after being stuck by a vehicle in an apartment complex’s parking lot the morning of Tuesday, February 5.
Representatives from the police department say the death was ruled an accident. Police responded to reports of the incident at approximately 7:50 a.m. at Citrus Meadows Apartment Complex on 19th Street. Officers attempted to administer life-saving measures until emergency medical services arrived and took the boy to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he passed away.
Investigators say the boy had been waiting near his family’s car and was getting ready to head to school with his two siblings, but he walked away. His mother had run back to the apartment to grab something. As the boy walked between vehicles, he went into the path of a car being driven by a Bradenton woman, who did not have enough time to notice and avoid him. Investigators said speed and impairment were not factors.
Parking lot accidents a common form of pedestrian accident
A significant number of pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots. One might think accidents in these locations are unlikely to be serious because the speeds of drivers are much lower. This is not always the case, especially if the person hit by a vehicle is elderly or very young, and therefore susceptible to severe injuries.
To learn more about your legal recourse if you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh.