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DeKalb Kindergartener Hit By Vehicle

Thumbnail image for iStock_000016030629XSmall.jpgAs I write this, we are all in shock over the tragic events in Connecticut. Children and teachers lost their lives in the shootings at an elementary school. As a father and as a person dedicated in my law practice to help those who have been injured or harmed, I want to express my profound grief over the loss of innocent children and educators.

Right here at home, we have learned of the loss of young life in a very sad accident that occurred earlier this week. A kindergartener was walking home from school when he was hit by a vehicle in the area of his apartment complex in DeKalb County. He lost his life after the accident. Investigators are trying to determine the vehicle that struck him.

The five-year-old was walking with another child when he was hit. Although he was taken to the hospital, he died there. Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy.

The situation is now even more difficult because the police do not know which vehicle is responsible for the tragedy. The witnesses interviewed gave varying accounts of the vehicle that hit the child. A truck driver was questioned about the accident, but was released. He was driving a FedEx truck. Another truck or vehicle may have been involved.

We have recently posted on the crime of hit and run pedestrian accidents. It is a crime to strike a pedestrian and fail to stop. Official Code of Georgia section 40-6-270 states that “the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident” or as close as possible. Seeking medical support is also required where there are injuries involved or where the injured person appears to be unconscious or deceased.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, please contact me for a free evaluation of your situation. We serve accident victims throughout the Atlanta metro area with several convenient offices.