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 pedestrians
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.