Around here, we are blessed to live in a relatively safe and secure area of the country. However, every time we get into a car or use the streets, regardless of whether it is to drive or walk, we are doing something that can be, extremely dangerous. Indeed, driving is statistically one of the most dangerous activities that we do. Unfortunately, sometimes, even those just walking, die as a result, like a recent local teen.
The fatal pedestrian accident
According to the Layton Police Department, on Thursday night, a teenage boy was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident by a 71-year-old driver in Layton, Utah. The LPD claims that the teenager tried to cross the street around 8:30 p.m. on his way home from his job. LPD believes that he crossed when there was a “no crossing” signal active, which is when he was killed by the vehicle driver.
After the fatal crash
When first responders arrived to the auto-pedestrian accident, they immediately took the teenager to a local hospital. He later died as a result of his injuries. The driver was not taken to the hospital as he was not injured, and he is cooperating with the investigation.
What if the police blame the pedestrian?
At this point, we do not know how the police will find, but even if they blame the teenager, his parents should still contact an attorney to do an independent investigation of their own. Just because someone is not criminally liable does not mean they are not civilly liable. This means that, even if the driver here is not charged, he may still have liability to the parents of the teenager through a wrongful death lawsuit. This is also true for any Salt Lake City, Utah, resident that finds themselves in a similar situation.