Public parks provide some individuals a chance to relax and escape the stresses of their everyday life. They can also be a great place for California parents to bond with their children. Sadly, serious and sometimes fatal accidents have been known to occur at these locations. A truck accident at a public park in San Francisco recently claimed the life of a 35-year-old woman.
The woman was laying with her 11-month-old daughter and her dog at a local park, when she was fatally run over by a city truck. The 57-year-old truck driver claimed he was unaware that he had hit a person when the incident occurred . Upon attempting to return to the scene with his supervisor, the man was stopped by authorities and taken into custody.
Neither the child nor the dog were harmed in the incident. The investigation remains ongoing and charges have yet to be filed. As a result of this incident, questions have arisen in regards to potential safety hazards created by city drivers in public parks. One city supervisor has called for an investigation to determine if vehicle policies are properly being followed by this particular parks department.
Both the driver and the city of San Francisco could possibly face severe consequences if either party was found to be liable for negligence from this tragic truck accident. The victim's family could potentially file a wrongful death claim in a California civil court. Compensation as the result of a successful claim could ease the family's pain and suffering while helping them to cover any funeral and burial costs.
Source: sfgate.com, SF gardener says he didn't know he'd hit person, Vivian Ho, Sept. 14, 2013