An unfortunate car crash has caused the death of a pedestrian and his dog. On Labor Day morning, a 71-year-old man was enjoying his day while taking his dog for a leisurely stroll. That was when a 17-year-old boy lost control of his SUV driving along the same street. The SUV smashed into the elderly man and his dog before it struck trees and a utility pole on the other side of street. The car accident took place in the Massachusetts town of Easton.
Emergency responders claim that the young man was driving home after football practice. A witness reported hearing the accident, running outside and going to see if she could help while her boyfriend called 9-1-1. Paramedics transported the man to a hospital in Brockton. However, doctors were not able to save him.
People who live in the neighborhood claimed that other serious accidents have happened on the same roadway. Neighbors said that they thought the new sidewalks that were recently put in would have made the area safer, so they were surprised an accident like this could still occur. Charges have yet to be brought against the young man. However, police say that they will bring charges against the man after completing the investigation.
This car accident is an example of how vulnerable pedestrians are to being struck and catastrophically injured by a car. Pedestrians have the right of way in Massachusetts and car drivers must yield to them, keep a look out for them, and be careful to take every precaution possible to avoid fatal car accidents. Family members of the elderly man who died may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the young man who caused the accident.
Source: NECN.com, Teen could face charges after accident kills man, dog in Mass., No author, Sept. 2, 2013