Parents drive carefully on the road when their young children are in the vehicle with them. They take caution to avoid somehow involving their child in a serious car accident or even worse, a fatal accident. They stay in their lanes, signal turns and make sure to obey posted speed limits.
The preventative actions of one Florida father on a Sunday evening accident were not enough to stop another driver from taking the life of his10-year-old boy.
The fatal accident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, late in the evening. The father and son had been driving near West Eldorado Drive in Eustis, Florida when they noticed that a tree had fallen across the roadway. The pickup collided with the fallen tree. No one was injured in the minor crash, but there was damage to the father’s pickup.
While the father was in the roadway observing any possible damage, he asked his son to stay as far away from the road as possible, moving him to the side. Another vehicle came around the corner only moments later. The driver of the car noticed the downed tree and the pickup truck. When the 73-year-old driver of the car swerved, he failed to see the young boy on the side of the road.
The car struck the body of the small boy. The young boy died as a result of the injuries he sustained. The accident is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. According to the FHP, they do not expect to file criminal charges, but have not released details that would help determine whether the driver was negligent in the matter. This is reminiscent of a car crash Springfield that occurred a few weeks ago.