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Auto-pedestrian crash takes child's life

A 6-year-old boy died from injuries suffered when he was struck by a 2005 Honda Pilot. The crash happened about 5:40 p.m., on Glenarm Avenue in Baltimore.

According to the police investigation, the vehicle was eastbound on Glenarm Avenue when the child ran into the road from between two parked vehicles. The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics. He arrived in critical condition and died the next evening.

The driver, according to police, didn't appear to be under the influence or impaired when the wreck happened. In addition, the driver remained at the accident scene and police are still investigating the crash.

When it comes to auto-pedestrian crashes, there are some specific things to remember. First, even though the driver of the vehicle that strikes a child might not be speeding, impaired or otherwise breaking the law, he or she does have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings. The presence of children is a warning to drivers that they need to exhibit more care in areas such as those by schools, residential areas and parks. Children are smaller and less visible to drivers and they are also often unpredictable.

If you have lost a loved one because of a car wreck, you may have cause to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. Criminal charges do not have to be filed in order to file a civil lawsuit, although a criminal conviction can help with the civil suit. While no lawsuit can bring back your loved one, the lawsuit can help bring some sense of justice to your family as you mourn your loved one's passing.

Source: WJZ, "6-Year-Old Dies After Being Struck By Car," May 29, 2017

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