An eight-year old boy was killed when he was hit by a van on Rosedale Circle in Virginia Beach, VA.
According to law enforcement reports, the young boy was riding a Big Wheel just a few doors down from his home when one of his neighbors of the area backed a 2006 Ford Econoline van out of a driveway and struck the boy.
EMTs transported the boy to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center with severe internal injuries. The child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. The driver of the van told police he never saw the boy as he was backing up. At this time, there have been no charges filed against the driver.
According to national statistics, approximately 50 children are backed over by vehicles every week. At least two of those children die from their injuries. More than half of these backing up accidents involve large vehicles, such as vans or trucks, with the driver claiming they never saw the child. Even more tragic is that in 70 percent of these accidents, the driver is a close family member or relative of the child.
The main cause of these accidents is blind spots which hamper the ability of the driver to see all around the vehicle. Blind spots are a particular problem in larger vehicles, such as SUVs, mini-vans and pick-up trucks. Drivers are encouraged to always get out of their vehicles and make sure that there are no children in the area they will be backing up in, especially in neighborhoods where children are outside playing.
If you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a distracted or negligent driver, contact a Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal action you may be able to take for pain and loss.