Three-Year-Old Tragically Dies in Drunk Driving Pedestrian Accident That Also Killed Parents
LONG BEACH, CA- Abc7.com writes that a drunk driver struck and killed a man, a woman, and a three-year-old child. The three-year-old was trick-or-treating with his parents and was on the sidewalk when his family was hit by the driver. The boy’s father worked at his family’s auto repair shop and was studying for his medical degree, according to a family friend.*
The crash took place late in the evening last week. A 2002 Toyota Sequoia that was traveling south on Country Club Drive veered onto the sidewalk, striking the parents and their small child. All three were rushed to the hospital.
The father, a 30-year-old man, died late last week, and the child passed away the next day. Finally, the mother was then taken off life support as well, meaning the entire family was killed in the horrific incident.
The 20-year-old man driving the SUV was held at the scene and then arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence and for gross vehicular manslaughter. He is being held on a $100,000 bail.
Halloween sees a spike in pedestrian accidents because of the high number of children who are out trick-or-treating. There are many risks at play, including dark clothing, and distracted and excited children walking around outside at night. It is important for parents to accompany young children, especially since the risk of a child being killed in a pedestrian crash on Halloween is double that of any other day in the year. Drivers should exhibit extra caution and expect children to be nearby when traveling on Halloween. Of course, Halloween parties and festivities also mean there is a heightened risk of drunk drivers being on the road as well, adding to the danger.
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