A mother and two of her children were transported to Lowell General Hospital after the three of them were struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street on Sunday. The woman was pushing her kids, ages 2 and 4, in a carriage when the Lowell pedestrian accident happened. The 4-year-old boy was thrown from the carriage and sustained head injuries. The Massachusetts pedestrian accident happened in a Lowell crosswalk.
The driver of the motor vehicle, Chamroeun Theam, was charged with OUI. Theam already has one previous drunk driving conviction on his record.
This is the second Lowell pedestrian accident to happen within a week. A 12-year-old pedestrian got hurt when Michelle P. Medeiros struck him at a highway intersection. The 17-year-old motorist was rushing to a hair appointment
Kelvin Savanhmixay was thrown 20 feet during the Lowell pedestrian accident. The sixth grader sustained neck injuries, head injuries, and suffered internal bleeding. Savanhmixay will likely have to undergo a number of surgeries.
Medeiros was charged with hit-and-run for leaving a Lowell car crash site involving a Massachusetts personal injury. The teenager says she didn’t know she had struck the boy.
Child Pedestrians (NHTSA 2008 Traffic Safety Facts):
• 270 child pedestrian deaths involving kids under age 14.
• 13,000 child pedestrian injuries.
Pedestrian accidents continue to be a major cause of accidental deaths involving kids. While children cannot file injury claims in Massachusetts, a parent or guardian can file an injuries to minor lawsuit on their behalf. Pedestrian injuries can be extremely painful and result in internal bleeding, permanent brain damage, paralysis, disfigurement, and even death.
Mother, children hit by car in Lowell, Boston.com, November 23, 2009
Teen Driver Cited In Lowell Hit-And-Run, WBZ, November 20, 2009
Children, 2008 Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety, CDC
Pedestrian Safety, Mass.gov
An experienced Boston pedestrian accident lawyer can help you hold the negligent party liable.