Recently, news regarding California schools was splashed on media across the country. One of the largest school systems in the nation made the decision to close schools as a result of an electronic threat received. While this news caused the nation to buzz, one family faced the knowledge that their loved one, a student walking to school without knowing that school had been canceled, had been killed. Like other victims of truck accidents, the family may be struggling as a result of their loss.

The accident happened at approximately 7:30 one morning in mid-December. Reports indicate that the 17-year-old victim was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a city-owned truck attempting a left turn. Reports claim that the 27-year-old male driver — an employee of the city — stayed at the scene.

The young man passed away as a result of injuries he suffered in the accident. The area where the accident occurred has apparently been a topic of discussion for some, with advocates seeking to make the area safer by reducing speeds and adding bike lanes. A representative for the school claims that the school is in mourning over the student who was described as a “standout.”

Families in California who lose loved ones in truck accidents often face a variety of difficult of obstacles. In addition to their grief, they are often overcome with the financial ramifications of their loss, including funeral expenses. As a result, many people consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to help family members identify all responsible parties and take appropriate legal action.  

Source: Highland Park-Mt. Washington, Ca. Patch, “Not Knowing Class Was Cancelled, Boy Killed by Truck on Way to School“, Mirno Alfonso, Dec. 15, 2015