California residents were out and ready to celebrate the end of 2013 on New Year's Eve, but it ended in tragedy for one family. A woman and two children were hit by a car near Ellis and Polk Streets. It was not immediately clear what the relationship was between the three pedestrians.
The accident occurred in the evening hours. It was not immediately available if the three were actually in a crosswalk when the car struck them or not, but authorities did indicate that the driver had stopped and was cooperating with the investigation. Apparently the driver was a for-pay driver, but was not operating an actual taxi.
All three pedestrians were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The girl, a six-year-old, died shortly after arrival. Authorities released her name and age to the media. The boy and the woman were not identified; the woman's injuries were listed as life-threatening but doctors expected the boy to recover. It was not clear whether the three were related.
Of concern to the city Supervisor was the fact that this was the twentieth pedestrian death that San Francisco saw in 2013. The city had not seen a pedestrian death toll that high in six years. Hopefully 2014 brings more than just a literal calendar page turn when it comes to this troubling increase in pedestrian fatalities.
The families of those hit by a car in this California accident have both financial and emotional pieces to pick up. There are medical bills and potential rehabilitation costs. The woman may have lost wages, and both she and the young boy may experience pain and suffering. If the driver's actions were negligent, a personal injury claim can help recoup some of those costs. The family of the little girl who so tragically died may also have the right to file a wrongful death suit to pursue financial reimbursement for final expenses.
Source: sfgate.com, Girl killed, 2 injured crossing S.F. street, Victoria Colliver, Jan. 1, 2014