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Motor vehicle accidents involving children seem to expand grief

When it comes to children, Florida communities tend to mourn their loss a little more. To see a young life ended before it even has a chance to begin seems to make the grieving process worse. When those deaths occur suddenly such as in motor vehicle accidents, shock adds to the loss.

This is what one community is experiencing after the recent death of a 15-year-old boy. He was walking to school on a Thursday morning at approximately 6:34 a.m. It was then that the Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle struck and killed him.

The teen's family members still have trouble believing that he is gone. His high school had grief counselors have been on hand to help students deal with the tragedy. The principal extended his sympathies to the boy's family on behalf of the high school.

Even as the community and his family mourn his loss, investigators have yet to announce whether any charges will be filed against the driver. In fact, few details were released regarding the factors that led to the crash. Perhaps the family will receive additional answers that might help them through this difficult time.

As would other families who lose loved ones in motor vehicle accidents, the family also retains the right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with the death of their loved one. If the evidence shows that his death was due to the negligence of another, the court could award the family monetary damages. If they receive any restitution for their loss, it could help with the financial losses that often accompany such tragedies.

Source:, "FHP: 15-year-old Palmetto High student hit, killed by car in Manatee County", Lauren Rozyla, March 16, 2017

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