Two young brothers were walking home from a basketball game at their school on December 10, 2014 when they were struck by a car that then drove off and left the scene. The accident occurred in Dania Beach, and left both boys in critical condition.
The younger of the two brothers, an eight year old, was declared by doctors to be brain dead. The elder brother, 14 years old, is still in critical condition in the hospital and is on life support. Both children suffered severe fractures, including in the face, and were placed on breathing machines to keep them alive.
Law enforcement officials from the Broward Sheriff’s Office have released information about the truck that may have struck the boys, saying they are looking for a new model silver Toyota Tacoma that likely has front-end damage, and perhaps a missing headlight and fog light covers.
Pedestrian accidents are serious enough in and of themselves, but they are made even worse when the offender flees the scene as families of the victims are left in legal limbo. People who leave accident scenes can receive criminal charges in addition to being likely targets of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If officers are able to track down the offender in this case, he or she would likely face jail time and significant fines for their actions, and the family of the two boys would be able to file civil suits on behalf of their children.
After you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, hold the responsible party accountable by working with the experienced Bradenton auto accident attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.