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Errant pickup truck kills baby, injures 2 at California bus stop

No one expects to be in immediate danger while waiting for the bus, which is something many people in Los Angeles do every day. Yet one California mother's life will never be the same after an unexpected motor vehicle accident occurred while she was waiting for a bus with her 18-month-old daughter. A pickup truck crashed into a bench near an El Monte bus stop. The collision killed the young girl, critically injured her mother and hurt a 12-year-old boy.

The accident occurred during the middle of a recent afternoon when a pickup truck inexplicably overshot a parking stall, drove over a planter and collided with the bench where the mother and baby daughter, along with the young boy, were waiting. It is not known if the boy is related to the others involved in the fatal accident.

The victims were rushed to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The 18-month-old girl was pronounced dead at the hospital, while her mother was listed in critical condition. Fortunately, the boy was said to be in stable condition.

There are no words that can fully describe the feelings of the family of the little girl as they mourn a new life cut short and hope for the recovery of the others involved. As police continue their investigation, the surviving family will no doubt want to understand exactly what caused the accident.

California law cannot change what happened, but it does provide for the right to pursue financial claims when accidents have been caused by the negligence of other parties. In the case of the 18-month-old baby, a wrongful death claim may be appropriate. Similarly, the two injury victims may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to address medical expenses or lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the incident. Until the results of the official police inquiry are released, the family of the victims will have to do their best to heal and attempt to grapple with the realities of their life after the accident.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Toddler killed, two others injured when pickup strikes bus bench," March 24, 2012

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