Losing a loved one is always tough, especially in accidents that could have been prevented. Quite often, after an accident, it is also normal for family to continue to struggle as they search for answers as to what happened.
This is the situation one Cordele, Georgia, family is currently in. They want answers as to what happened and why no one was arrested after a car struck and killed a 16-year-old family member who was crossing the street with her brother to catch a school bus.
According to the report, the teenager was walking across Highway 41 to go to the bus stop when she was hit by a car. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Georgia State Patrol officers are still investigating the accident. In the meantime, the family of the 16-year-old is outraged that no charges have been filed against the driver.
Additionally, the family wants to see changes made within the school district to make sure bus stops are more accessible for school children. At the time of the accident, the reason the 16-year-old was crossing the four lane highway was to catch a bus. The bus supposedly would not pick her up anywhere else. In fact, her sister had to drive her in to school another time for reportedly standing in the wrong pick-up spot.
In general, this tragic accident is an example of a pedestrian accident. In cases such as this one, where there is a fatality, it is often possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver or entity responsible for the crash. Of course, there is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back or change what happened, but many families do find some peace in holding the driver or entity accountable.
Source: Fox 24, "Cordele Teenager Killed While Crossing Highway," Nov. 27, 2012
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