Every year in the United States, thousands of pedestrians die as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. Many more receive serious injuries. The greater the speed of the vehicle, the greater the likelihood of death or serious injury to the pedestrian.
A few weeks ago, a car struck two male juveniles in Westlake Village in Southern California. The collision occurred in a residential neighborhood on a four-lane thoroughfare in the mid-evening. One of the boys required transportation to the hospital, while the other died at the scene.
Authorities have provided few details about the crash or the people involved in it. They did not release the specific ages of the pedestrians but only described them as male juveniles. They also did not indicate whether the two had been in the crosswalk at the time of the collision, though there is a crosswalk present.
While the public does not know the whole story of what happened during and after the collision, the few details that are available paint a picture that is all the more poignant for being incomplete. Visible in photographs of the scene of the collision are a pair of rollerblades, a helmet and a scooter.
Authorities have not specified the speed at which the vehicle that struck the two had been traveling. However, they did identify a possible cause of the accident as street racing, which suggests that speed could have been a factor. As yet, there is no report of any criminal charges, but authorities detained a “person of interest” in connection with the accident. It is not clear what role, if any, this person played in the crash.
A car accident involving pedestrians can be life-altering for those injured and the family members of those who die. It can be more difficult when the pedestrians involved are young people.