A nine-year-old boy from Sarasota died after being struck by his vehicle while riding his bike to school the morning of Monday, May 20.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. At the time, a woman was driving her 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup north on Nodosa Drive. The boy had entered the crosswalk heading west on Webber Street, where it intersects with Nodosa. The woman approached the stop sign while the boy began crossing to street, but proceeded to pass the stop sign. She claims she did not see the boy.
The crash remained under investigation in the days following. Nobody else was harmed. The boy was transported to Doctor’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of his injuries.
Drivers must pay attention at stops
Pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks — and the crosswalk in this recent case was even controlled by a stop sign. It is critical for all drivers to be vigilant of their surroundings and to carefully check that the way is clear before they proceed through any intersection. A failure to yield to pedestrians could result in liability for any injuries or deaths that occur. Depending on the circumstances, that could mean huge fines, loss of a driver’s license or jail time.
To learn more about the steps you should take if you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to another party’s negligence, meet with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh.