The parents of a toddler who was killed by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign recently confronted the driver at his sentencing hearing in a San Diego courtroom.
“This man basically killed me. He took my son’s life,” the father said through a translator. “All I ask is that justice be done,” NBC News San Diego reported.
The tragic accident occurred in Encinitas on Nov 1, 2013. The three-year-old boy was walking with his mother when a vehicle struck him. Prosecutors contended that the driver had been rushing to work and had failed to stop at a stop sign on the 400-block of Encinitas Boulevard.
The little boy was pinned under the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with four misdemeanor charges, including one count of driving without a license, two counts of giving false information, and one count of vehicular homicide. Initially, he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, but later pleaded guilty to the vehicular manslaughter charge in a plea deal in which the three other charges were dropped.
He was given the maximum sentence of one year in jail.
The mother of the deceased boy told NBC 7, “Even if he is in jail, or in prison, our son is not going to come back. We are in pain. This is very hard.”
“If he would have stopped at the stop sign, this never would have happened,” she added. “He was going too fast.”
The loss of a loved one at the hands of a negligent or distracted driver is always painful — especially if the victim is a child. While no amount of compensation will ease the pain or bring a loved one back, you may want to seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. You may be compensated for funeral costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you believe that a reckless or distracted driver needlessly killed a family member, contact Encinitas accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group in San Diego.
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