Craig P. Tiller, Esq. PLLC

Madison Heights girl, 11, hit and killed by habitual offender

When you are driving in residential neighborhoods in the Lynchburg area, it is important to adhere to the speed limit and be on the lookout for children. If you see a ball bounce into the street or kids riding their bikes on a sidewalk, it is common knowledge to slow down just to be safe. Unfortunately, not all drivers are as cautious as they should be when driving through areas where children might be playing. Sadly, a recent accident shows what can happen when drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings. 

On Friday, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a car crashed into her and two other kids on Galts Mill Road. The incident occurred just before 7:20 that evening. Although police and rescue crews were called to the scene, the little girl was pronounced dead immediately. 

Although Amherst County police are still investigating the fatal accident, the driver who caused the crash was charged with driving after being declared an habitual offender.

The death of a child is the worst thing any parent can imagine. And when his or her death was caused by a person who was not supposed to be driving in the first place, grief can quickly turn into anger. Although it is easy to feel helpless in a situation like this, it is important to know that family members of a victim can hold a negligent driver accountable.

While a wrongful death lawsuit will never replace a child, it can help a family obtain the finances they need to begin moving forward. Additionally, it can further penalize a driver, even if police choose to do nothing.

Source: The News & Advance, "Amherst County family mourns 11-year-old's death," Sherese Gore, Aug. 12, 2013