A 7-year-old boy is in critical condition at the hospital after he was hit by an SUV in Clearwater Tuesday night.
Emergency crews responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Nursery Road a little after 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, officers on scene were told the boy was riding a bike in the parking lot of the apartment complex when he rode into the path of a Nissan Armada, which ultimately hit the child.
The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation, according to officials in Clearwater.
The boy was taken to Bayfront Health in Saint Petersburg and is in critical condition, according to officials.
When drivers fail to take proper safety precautions and check all areas surrounding their vehicle, parking lots can be the site of very serious or even deadly pedestrian or bicycle accidents. Larger vehicles, especially SUVs and trucks, have several blind spots, so driver’s must pay extra attention to their surroundings. There are far too many preventable accidents that occur every day when driver’s do not take a few extra seconds to check out the area before beginning to drive.
Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against an at-fault driver, a child’s family can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver for damages. These can become extremely complex, so it is wise for you to let our Pinellas County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton evaluate your case and help you navigate the process. Call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online for a free consultation.