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Child dies from injuries after rear-end accident

Police officials in Kingsport, Tennessee, say that a 12-year-old boy has died from injuries suffered in a four-vehicle collision on Aug. 27. The boy was the only fatality from the car accident which investigators say happened at about 1:45 p.m. by the Kingsport Pavilion.

According to reports, a 2007 Kia Sedona driven by the boy's mother, age 46, was heading west by the shopping center when it entered the left turning lane. At that time, the vehicle was hit from behind by a 1995 Chevy Suburban driven by a 62-year-old Bristol woman. The Kia then struck two other vehicles before becoming stuck on a large embankment.

Officers say that the driver of the Suburban made no attempt to slow or stop prior to striking the Kia, which also contained the victim's younger brother. Both the driver and the second child were transported to the hospital with serious injuries but were later listed in stable condition. The young boy died of his injuries on Aug. 30. The driver of the Suburban has not yet been charged, and she received non-life-threatening injuries as well.

When a family member dies in a traffic accident, remaining family members must often take on the burden of paying medical bills as well as dealing with funeral arrangements and insurance company questions and premiums. In addition to emotional distress, financial problems can have a tremendous effect on those who remain. In some such cases, the family members of a victim may have cause to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver deemed to be at fault. An attorney might be able to give reliable legal advice on the viability of such a case.

Source: TimesNews, "12-year-old injured in East Stone Drive wreck succumbs to his injuries ", August 31, 2014

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