For a parent, there are likely few things more devastating than the loss of a child. One family is currently dealing with the death of their son, a 10-year old. He had been in a car accident along with his twin brother and his older brother. Both brothers were injured in the crash.
California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. The young boy's 16-year-old brother had been driving the vehicle. Under California law, the older brother should not have been driving with passengers in the vehicle unless he had been with a guardian, driving them to school, or had no other option. CHP is still not certain whether any exceptions existed.
The crash occurred in the early afternoon. The car transporting the boys had been about to turn into a state inmate camp where their father works. The car had to cross oncoming traffic but when the vehicle turned, it was hit by a pickup truck. The truck hit the side of the car where the little boy was sitting.
According to the article, the pickup truck driver was not injured and his passenger suffered minor injuries from the collision. There is no indication that the pickup driver had been under the influence of any drugs or alcohol or had been distracted at the time of impact. However the investigation is still ongoing.
The friends and family of the little boy are likely facing a myriad of emotions. They are mourning the loss of a loved one while also hoping for the recovery of the other two brothers. However, the older brother who had been driving is still the focus of the crash investigation and until the investigation is complete, any questions the family may have will remain unanswered.
Source: Press Democrat online, "Fort Bragg teen at wheel in collision that kills younger brother, badly injures another," 14 July 2011
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