In today's world of the 24-hour news cycle most of our San Jose readers probably see reports about serious car accidents on a daily basis. Most people probably just accept the fact that the potential for being involved in a car accident and suffering serious injuries is simply something drivers sign on for when they get behind the wheel of a car. After all, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America. In most accidents there is a negligent party for the accident victims to go after for the compensation they need to cover medical bills and lost wages. But some accidents are so tragic that all of the parties involved are probably not even thinking about lawsuits and lawyers right away.
That seems to be the case in nearby Byron, where a horrible accident involving a SUV and a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle has left the community stunned. The accident occurred on the morning of September 23. The young boy was reportedly riding his bike to school, which was near where the accident happened. At the same time a mother who had just dropped off her own children at school was pulling out of the parking lot in her GMC Yukon. She pulled out and turned to the right, and it was during the turn when she apparently struck the boy and his bike. It was reported that the boy was dragged approximately 60 feet under the moving SUV.
The accident has left everyone - the driver and the boy's parents - devastated at the loss of life. Witnesses to the accident reported that the driver wasn't traveling at any more than 10 miles per hour at the time of the collision with the boy. It appears that the boy died at the scene of the accident. In the aftermath, school officials and public safety officials may be reviewing the safety of the traffic area in question.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Byron school community grieves after fatal crash involving student," Paul Burgarino, Rick Hurd and Erin Ivie, Sept. 23, 2013
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