A vehicle does not have to be in motion or occupied by a driver to become involved in a car accident. A victim of a motor vehicle crash is not necessarily a passenger or even inside a vehicle at the time an injury occurs. A loved one can be gravely injured without having any direct influence on an accident.
All of those unusual circumstances were factors in a recent collision on Treasure Island, caused by a suspected drunk driver. Two people were hurt. Neither was a driver or passenger in the vehicles involved in the collision. A third victim was a passenger trying to exit a parked car.
San Francisco police were called to Avenue M on Treasure Island just before 9:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night. The accident caused serious injuries to two boys, ages 9 and 11, and a male adult.
Police reports say a car headed along Avenue M northbound plowed into a car parked alongside the road. At the time of collision, a 9-year-old boy was just getting out of the stationary vehicle. The impact of the crash shoved the boy backward and into the car.
Emergency responders said the child complained of chest pains and was hospitalized.
Outside the vehicle, an 11-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man were attempting to discard some trash when the cars collided. The adult was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for a head wound. The child suffered a severe, life-threatening head injury.
Authorities suspect the San Francisco man they arrested for causing the wreck was under the influence of alcohol. The careless driver, whose suspected negligence leaves a boy's life at stake, was arrested and booked into jail.
A thoughtless driver gives no consideration to the amount of damage the decision to drink and drive can cause. A negligent driver may only realize the consequences of careless behavior when the results cause irreparable harm.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Man arrested in crash that injured 11-year-old boy on Treasure Island," May 9, 2012