Tucson Child Killed in Fatal Accident

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: March 11, 2015

Here at Zanes Law we deal with countless car accidents, even more injuries and we tirelessly work on helping our clients with their personal injury cases so they can get their lives back together.

Some cases are harder than and some are easier than others to mill through the facts, monitor the healing of injuries and resolve the accident in its entirety.  But it’s accidents and deaths like that of a little Tucson boy, on February 12th, that break our hearts no matter how many accidents we encounter on paper or in real life.

Tucson traffic detectives reported that a preliminary investigation showed that a family, consisting of the parents and their two young children, were leaving a nearby grocery store . The father was carrying the grocery bags, while the mother walked behind him with the children.

Witnesses said that the family was crossing Kolb Road outside of the crosswalk, which was several yards away at the traffic signal.

When the father had almost reached the other side of the road, the little boy broke free from his mother, darted across the median into northbound traffic and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that struck the child did not make any attempts to leave scene but remained on site.

It may be hard to hear but unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19.

At Zanes Law we are committed to helping reduce that number especially amongst our children.

Here are a few tips to exercise before walking as a pedestrian with your children:

  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
  • Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • When driving,be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.

Learn more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/pedestrian-safety-tips

If a child you know has been injured in a car accident or any other incident, there are treatment options available. Click here to listen to personal injury lawyer, Doug Zanes, discuss treatment options for children. 

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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