A California man was killed in a horrific accident near the school where he volunteered as a crossing guard. The man was struck by a vehicle traveling in front of the school. The accident happened at a busy time in the area as children were going home at the end of the school day.
The victim of the accident regularly volunteered as a crossing guard at the school in Lafayette. He was a former student of the school, and his parents still live in the area. The victim resided in San Francisco but volunteered his time when he was in town to visit family as he knew the local school regularly experienced a shortage of crossing guards.
At around 3 p.m., the victim was helping students cross the road safely. An SUV, driven by a grandmother of one of the students at the school, struck the victim and a child. Witnesses say the man was struck as he was trying to save the life of the child. The driver of the SUV, and her grandchild who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered no injuries. No charges have been filed at this time.
When a wrongful death suit is an appropriate response
Losing a loved one under such tragic circumstances can leave family members with unbearable pain. The parents of the victim in this case are proud of their son’s actions in saving a child from serious injury or death. But they are also devastated at the loss of their son. In cases like this, if negligence on the part of the driver is apparent, the family of the victim may have legal standing to pursue a wrongful death suit. An experienced California attorney can provide guidance on the best way to proceed forward.