Part of being a parent is living with the fear that something bad will happen to one's children. It is the motivation behind making sure they wear their seat belts, eat their vegetables and take care when talking to strangers. Parents would do anything to protect their children from harm, but there are some dangers that lurk no matter how carefully one protects his or her child. A recent case in which two Massachusetts girls were injured in an accident while walking to school illustrates the risk that fuels every parent's worst fears.
The incident took place just before 7:30 a.m. on a weekday morning. Two girls, ages 11 and 13, were attempting to cross a road in Methuen, Massachusetts, when a vehicle approached their path. The 65-year-old driver of that car crashed into the girls, leading to serious injuries to both.
The older girl suffered a possible fracture to her femur. The 11-year-old girl, however, suffered far worse injuries, including head trauma. She has been hospitalized and was in critical condition as of the time of this report. There is no word on her prognosis for recovery.
The accident remains under investigation, and Massachusetts police are working to determine what caused the driver to crash into the girls. Should it be determined that negligence played a role in the crash, criminal charges could result. Additionally, the families of the girls who were struck could choose to move forward with personal injury suits against the driver -- a right that is held by all who are injured in an accident.
Source: necn.com, "11-Year-Old Girl Hit by Car, Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries", Glenn Marshall and Tim Jones, Sept. 24, 2014