One of the first lessons that inexperienced drivers learn is to always keep their eyes on the road. That may sound like a Louisiana high school coach reminding a player to keep his eye on the ball, but the sentiment is still the same. A motorist who is distracted can be significantly increasing his or her odds of being in a serious car accident. Driving a vehicle is a great responsibility that individuals should never take lightly.
One man in Denham Springs may have learned this lesson a little too late. According to a police report, the man was backing out of his driveway with his daughter when the next-door neighbor's boy had fallen off of his scooter on to the man's driveway. The man not only hit the boy, but also drove over him with his pickup truck. The incident that caused the boy's death took place close to a year and a half ago.
On Jan. 21, 2014, a judge will decide whether the man is guilty of negligent homicide or if the accident was unavoidable. The original arrest warrant states that the driver was distracted by his mobile phone at the time of the crash. The boy's family has since advocated the dangers of being distracted while behind the wheel on their Facebook page.
Most Louisiana parents probably share in the feeling of grief that the victim's parents have had to endure for the last year and a half. Needless to say, as both families wait for the judge's decision at a bench trial, these events have changed the relationship between these neighbors forever. It is not known at this time if the deceased boy's family has filed a wrongful death claim against their neighbor in this tragic car accident. Compensation awarded from a successful claim could help the family better cope with the expenses created by the unfortunate tragedy.
Source: nola.com, Denham Springs family hopes son's death warns against distracted driving; case goes to trial Friday, Emily Lane, Jan. 17, 2014