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Police investigate fatal crosswalk accident in Santa Ana

In the wake of a fatal auto accident, surviving family members often don't know where to turn. The tragedy of the event can ripple throughout the entire community, and grieving families need all the help they can get after the devastating loss of a loved one.

These matters are undoubtedly on the minds of a family in Santa Ana. Recently a 6-year-old boy was killed and his grandmother was seriously injured when a pickup truck hit them as they walked in an unmarked crosswalk. The little boy's 7-year-old sister was also present, and though she wasn't physically injured, the ordeal left her terrified and screaming for help.

Police are still investigating the accident, and officers believe the 17-year-old driver of the truck had stopped at a stop sign and even saw the victims just before the collision. What isn't clear is why the driver kept going and hit the pedestrians.

When first responders arrived, the little boy and his grandmother were not responsive. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, and the grandmother suffered a serious head injury and broken bones.

The driver of the truck has reportedly cooperated with police. He was taking his younger sibling to school when the accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Police do not believe that the driver was texting or talking on the phone at the time of the collision.

However, further investigation in such accidents often reveals that negligence played a part. Families who lose a loved one because of another party's negligence still have recourse to the law in civil court, even if criminal charges are not filed against a negligent driver.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Boy, 6, Killed, Grandmother Injured When Hit By Pickup Truck While Walking To School," Oct. 14, 2013

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