On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Friday, December 14, 2012.
A family of four was crossing a busy street in front of a Colorado Wal-Mart when the mother and her three children were struck and hurt by a car. The 52-year-old driver who caused the auto-pedestrian accident will not be charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Two of the pedestrian accident victims – a 37-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter – were trapped beneath a Kia Rio. Passersby and two police sergeants worked together to lift the 2,500-pound vehicle to free the woman and child.
Four-year-old twins were with their mother when the crash occurred. Neither of the boys fell beneath the car, although both sustained injuries. The twins were treated and released from the Aurora hospital where their mother and sister remain hospitalized.
The toddler’s injuries consisted of serious scrapes, cuts and bruises. The mother of three experienced head trauma and multiple bone fractures. She is a patient in an intensive care unit.
One of the officers who aided the victims was working as a security guard at Wal-Mart. The other sergeant was on duty at the time of the crash. Police hope to locate and thank the unidentified civilians who helped rescue the victims of the pedestrian accident.
The Kia driver told authorities he could not stop in time to avoid hitting the mother and her children. The motor vehicle operator apparently escaped criminal responsibility, although that does not preclude the victims from pursuing a liability case in civil court.
An investigating attorney would dig deeper into the reason the driver couldn’t stop. Did the car have mechanical problems? Did poor road lighting or high posted speed limits contribute to the accident? Had there been other similar incidents at the same location?
The family’s expensive hospitalization, treatment and rehabilitation costs might be among damages sought in a personal injury lawsuit. The mother’s irreplaceable income, lost due to accident injuries, also may be recovered in a settlement or jury trial.
Source: abcnews.go.com, “Colorado Cops, Good Samaritans Lift Car to Rescue Mother and Child,” Alexis Shaw, Dec. 4, 2012