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Texas City sixth-grader killed by truck while waiting for bus

Maneuvering a large truck takes special skill and attentiveness, and the consequences of not paying attention while driving a truck can prove disastrous. A driver of a big-rig truck may have caused a wrongful death because of his inattentiveness when his vehicle struck and killed a Texas City sixth-grader who was waiting for her school bus.

The driver of a Peterbilt truck hit the 11-year-old girl at 7:55 a.m. as she waited for a school bus to take her to Levi Fry Intermediate School. The driver informed police that he thought he could turn onto 26th Street from 30th Avenue without harming the girl, who was sitting on the grass at the side of the street, which has no sidewalks.

The truck, which was not attached to a trailer at the time, rolled over the girl and then dragged her about 50 feet before the driver was able to stop.

No charges have been filed as of Sept. 25, but a Texas City police spokesperson has made it clear that the investigation into the incident is continuing. The officer also stated that the driver, who lives near the site of the crash, was inattentive.

The parents of the girl are reportedly distraught over the lack of charges, and family members are suspected of having vandalized the driver's home. The police department has posted officers in the neighborhood.

Having a child die as a result of someone else's negligence is devastating. Family members of victims killed in a fatal truck accident or fatal car crash should be aware of their rights to use the civil court system. No amount of money can repair the incalculable emotional injury of losing a child, but families can hold the responsible parties accountable through a wrongful death claim.

Source: The Daily News: "Girl, 11, killed while waiting for school bus," T.J. Aulds, Sept. 25, 2012

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