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20-month old baby dies after being hit by car in Lynchburg

Parents in Lynchburg do everything they can to protect their children. They put food on the table, send their children to school and make sure they stay out of trouble. Parents, however, cannot protect their children every minute of every day. 

Tragedy struck Lynchburg last night when a car accident critically injured a young girl. According to Virginia State Police, several children were playing in the parking lot of the Whitestone Village townhomes around 7:00 last night. Unfortunately, the 20-month-old girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time when a car backed out of a parking space and hit her. She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with serious injuries and was eventually pronounced dead. 

Others who live in the development told reporters that children play in the parking lot regularly. One neighbor said they play there because there are no parks in the neighborhood for them to go to instead. Hopefully the city or the property manager will consider addressing this problem so a similar accident doesn't happy to another child.

In situations like this, parents are left devastated, wondering how they can possibly move on. While we hope that those who have lost a child are surrounded by friends and family during such a difficult time, parents should know that there are also legal options for holding a negligent driver accountable for a fatal accident. A wrongful death lawsuit, if successful, can lead to compensation for funeral and burial expenses as well as the pain and suffering parents were caused. A personal injury attorney can explain how to file a lawsuit.

Source: The News & Advance, "Toddler fatally hit by car in Campbell County," Alicia Petska, July 22, 2013