13-Year-Old Driver Kills Man in Wrongful Death Collision
A 13-year-old girl behind the wheel of a vehicle on a busy highway caused a fatal accident in Dayton, Texas, that cost the life of a 68-year-old man. The bizarre accident occurred on June 5, as the girl was pulling out of a family business on Highway 321. She struck the victim's pickup truck, causing that vehicle to roll violently into a ditch. It is not yet clear whether the teen will face charges in connection with the accident, but her family could be held financially accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The girl's relatives are not speaking with the media about the case. Investigators still have not determined exactly why the girl was behind the wheel. Witnesses said that the teen slowed down after the wreck, but she continued to drive. She apparently returned shortly after the collision, but by that time it was too late -- the victim died at the scene before an ambulance could arrive.
Friends of the victim say that he was a good-natured man who loved to have a good time and was quick to forgive. Some of his friends were even at the scene of the collision, and they were with him during his last moments as he was pinned in the vehicle. To honor their companion, they decided to have a party -- the man had apparently given the bar owner $100 for one last bash when he died.
Families should be responsible enough to prevent fatal car crashes like this one -- 13-year-old kids have no place behind the wheel of a vehicle. The girl's parents could face a serious civil suit from the victim's family members, who might choose to pursue compensation for loss of a loved one. No matter their age, negligent drivers must be held accountable for their deadly actions.
Source: KHOU, "Friends celebrate man's life after he was killed in vehicle accident in Dayton" Alice Barr, Jun. 08, 2014