A one year old boy from Blackshear, Georgia was
killed last week after being struck by a 1992 Ford pickup truck. The boy, Christian
Brayden Warren, was hit by the truck as it was pulling out of a driveway
and onto Peachtree Street. According to the accident report released by
Georgia State Police the driver, 27 year old John Henry Guess, struck
Warren with his front bumper after turning left onto Peachtree Street.
Guess had already run over the boy before he was able to stop his vehicle.
Guess and the boy’s mother immediately drove Warren to the Pierce
County EMS building. He was then airlifted to Memorial Health University
Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. However, he died of the injuries
he sustained in the motor vehicle accident en route to the hospital.
By the time state troopers arrived at the scene of the accident, Guess
and the victim had already left to seek medical attention. According to
Blackshear Police Chief, Chris Wright, an investigation into the motor
vehicle accident is currently underway. However, he declined to provide
any further details.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children younger
than 14 years old
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and
14 years old. On average, approximately 6 children in this age group are
killed each day. An additional 700 children are injured as a result of
motor vehicle accidents each day. This amounts to about 5 percent of all
motor vehicle related fatalities that occur in the United States each
year. Broken down by gender, boys in this age group are more likely to
be killed or injured in a motor vehicle accident than their female counterparts.
One fifth of all children who are victims of motor vehicle accidents are
Nearly one fifth of children younger than 14 years old who are involved
in motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians. 42 percent of motor vehicle
accidents where the victim is a pedestrian younger than 14 years old occurred
between the hours of 4pm and 8pm. Furthermore, 78 percent of these accidents
occur at non-intersections.
Accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 14 witnessed a sharp decline
between 1993 and 2003, when the number of fatalities decreased by 49 percent.
However, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrian children still remains
an issue that affects many families each year.
If you have been injured or if you have a loved one that has been killed
or injured after being hit by a car, you should contact an attorney immediately.
An attorney can review the facts of your case and determine whether another
party is liable for your injuries and losses. If so, an attorney can help
you seek the compensation you deserve.