Any time someone is killed in a car accident in Los Angeles it is a tragedy, but there is perhaps nothing worse than when a child dies, especially if the accident could have been avoided. A driver’s negligent or reckless behavior ends a young life far before its time.

We do not yet know what caused a multi-vehicle in the Los Angeles area that caused the death of a 4-year-old girl on July 15, but it is possible that driver negligence was involved. Six other people were injured in the crash, which involved a bus and a pickup truck.

Few details of the fatal accident were available. A bus and truck collided in Azusa the evening of July 15. A neighbor recalled hearing a loud noise. He rushed outside and saw the aftereffects of the accident. He saw the 4-year-old and administered CPR until emergency responders arrived. The girl was airlifted to the hospital, but she died at that facility.

Six other people, including two children, suffered injuries in the collision. The children and two adults were taken to the hospital. Their condition was not known as of July 16. Two adult bus passengers sustained minor injuries.

It appears that at least some of the children were riding in the truck, since police found car seats inside. The accident is under investigation. Investigators have ruled out street racing but other reckless or negligent behavior such as speeding or disobeying traffic signals could have been a factor.

Depending on what happened, if the bus driver acted negligently the city could be found responsible for the victims’ financial damages.

Source: KCAL-TV, “Girl Killed, 6 Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash In Azusa,” July 16, 2013