Car accidents can occur at lightning speed and when one least expects. However, virtually no one could have anticipated a recent car accident that took place in the front yard of a South Carolina home. Four children were struck by a vehicle as they searched for a WiFi signal outside a local home.
The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. just after the children snuck out of a home to try and get a WiFi signal from their neighbor’s yard. Preliminary details on the accident are sparse, and it is unclear whether the kids were on the roadway or in a yard at the time of impact. The youngest victim, a 10-year-old girl, told reporters that the group was walking to a spot near the curb when all of the sudden, they heard a fast car approaching. They ran from the car, but someone fell down, so they stopped to help. All four were apparently struck by the vehicle.
The car, which was reportedly a Ford Taurus, continued on without stopping after colliding with the kids. They were transported to a nearby medical center. As of the time of the report, one of the children had been released, but the other three still remained in the intensive care unit. It is expected that all three will be eventually released.
The 10-year-old girl, who is home from the hospital, is understandably confused and upset by the incident. She doesn’t understand why a driver would drive off and leave the kids injured on the road. Families nearby say that speeding is a regular occurrence on this road, even though there are young children in the neighborhood.
The driver has not yet been located, although police are hopeful that other neighbors may have leads. If the driver is found, there is a strong possibility for both criminal and civil action to follow. For these South Carolina parents, filing civil suit against a driver alleged to be responsible for the injuries sustained by their children can help them to recover medical expenses or damages for pain and suffering brought on by this car accident. In the meantime, this case may serve as a reminder to all drivers that children can be on or near a roadway at any time of the day and night, and that caution should always be exercised when driving through a residential area.
Source: wistv.com, “Girl hit by car: ‘I just want to ask them why they hit us’,” Aug. 27, 2012
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.