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Child dies in auto-bicycle accident, driver arrested

There is significant attention being paid to bicycle accidents throughout New York. With the increasing number of people who are riding bikes, crashes with catastrophic injuries and fatalities have been rising commensurately. While adults are taking to bike riding more, it is an activity that has always been popular with children. If the auto-bike accident involved a child, the injuries and long-term consequences can be worse.

According to reports, a collision between an automobile and a child on a bicycle led to the child's death. The accident happened in the mid-morning at around 10:30 a.m. The child was in the crosswalk when a 2002 Ford Explorer made a left turn and hit him. The accident happened a short distance away from where the child lived with his family. He was taken to the hospital with severe bodily injuries and later died. The driver, a 29-year-old man, stayed at the scene and was arrested. He did not have a driver's license. He faces charges for the license violation, not yielding to a bicyclist and not exercising due care. So far in 2019, there have been 23 bicycle deaths in New York. That is twice the number from 2018.

A fatal accident is difficult for the family to get beyond. This can be exponentially worse when it is a child who died. To have a young life lost in the blink of an eye in an accident is bad enough, but when it was totally unnecessary and stemmed from the recklessness of another, the aftermath can be difficult to face. While a legal filing will not bring the child back, it could help with various costs, including the funeral costs, and for the emotional and personal impact the family will deal with for an extended period.

In cases with unlicensed drivers, underinsured drivers and when other illegal acts that were part of the incident, getting the right legal information about auto-bicycle accident options is crucial.

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