Connecticut residents likely consider their state to be a relatively safe place to live and raise a family. While this is generally the case, the state is far from immune from the types of crimes that plague the rest of the nation. While most residents would agree that car accidents involving pedestrians are especially dangerous and frightening, pedestrian accident victims are especially at risk when a driver chooses to flee the scene.
On June 4, a 7-year-old Connecticut boy was walking to climb aboard his school bus when he was struck by a car. The driver of the bus had deployed the stop sign for the bus, to alert other drivers that the bus was stopped and children would be in the area on foot. It is against the law to refuse to stop for a bus’ stop sign. The driver of the car did not stop, even after striking the small child.
The child was taken to a local medical facility for treatment of his injuries. Several days later, with the help of an anonymous tip, police tracked down the driver deemed at fault and placed him behind bars. He is being held on bond for several charges, including avoiding responsibility resulting in physical injury, threatening in the first degree, and passing a standing school bus.
When a hit-and-run crime leaves behind a pedestrian accident victim, especially when the victim is a helpless child, families may find themselves in a state of shock. The trauma of such an incident can be difficult to overcome. Medical bills, physical and mental recovery, and legal proceedings can seem like a lengthy and daunting process. In such cases, victims and their families may find it helpful to seek help in the form of a knowledgeable attorney, who may be able to assist them as they begin the process of seeking justice for the victim.