Parking lots can be hazardous places, and California drivers must be extra vigilant for pedestrians. The chances of striking a pedestrian that results in serious personal injury are greater after dark, especially if there are children present. Young children might not realize that the same rules apply for parking lots as crossing normal roadways.
Police in Antioch recently reported the death of a child who was struck by a car in the parking lot for Sears on Somersville road. They say an emergency call came in shortly after 7:30 p.m. and emergency workers found a 3-year-old girl in an unresponsive condition. Paramedics rushed her to an area hospital, but she did not survive.
No information about the circumstances that led to the tragedy was reported. A preliminary police report indicates that the driver who ran over the child remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigators. According to an officer, the driver is not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is not clear whether charges will be filed.
Losing a child at such a young age is devastating, and although no money can ever make up for the loss, monetary relief can ease the unanticipated financial burden. The parents might be entitled to pursue claims for financial losses through the civil justice system of California. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can assist with documenting negligence and navigating ensuing legal proceedings. Documented claims could include the costs related to end-of-life arrangements along with emotional damages such as pain and suffering of the surviving family members.