A California family who recently relocated from another country is devastated by the death of their 9-year-old son. Family and friends gathered to hold a vigil for the deceased boy two days after he was killed on a recent Friday. This bike crash reportedly occurred at an intersection in Irvine.
A preliminary accident report indicates that a 57-year-old man who was driving a van struck the child on the bicycle at around 3 p.m. Police officers along with emergency workers from the Orange County Fire Authority arrived at the scene to find the critically injured child. The driver who knocked the boy off his bicycle reportedly remained at the accident scene.
The child was rushed to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries, but he did not survive. He died shortly after being admitted to the hospital. During the vigil for the elementary school student, those in attendance placed flowers, candles and more at the intersection at which the fatal accident occurred. Irvine police said the investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
The grieving family who lost their child at such a young age may need financial relief to cover hospital expenses and the high costs typically associated with end-of-life arrangements. They may pursue a wrongful death claim in a California civil court, and upon establishment of negligence on the part of the driver, the court may award financial compensation. Claims for losses must be documented and may include additional losses, such as pain and suffering, that were brought about by the tragic bike crash.
Source: abc7.com, “Vigil held for 9-year-old struck, killed by van in Irvine“, Melissa MacBride, Nov. 22, 2015