A horrific hit-and-run car accident took the life of a 4-year-old boy in the Florence district of Los Angeles recently. The driver turned himself in to police the next day, but will likely face charges of hit-and-run, among others.

The victim was in the care of his aunt when the car accident occurred. They were crossing the street, using the crosswalk and walking with the light. Two cars were waiting at the red light on the crossing street when, the California Highway Patrol said, a third vehicle tried to squeeze between them and go through the light.

The driver lost control and crashed into one of the idling vehicles. The speeding vehicle bounced off and struck the aunt and child, throwing them 200 feet away. The boy’s mother later said that the boy suffered a severe head injury. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared deceased. His aunt sustained a broken leg.

The suspect and a female passenger fled their vehicle on foot. Witnesses caught up to the passenger, but the driver escaped. He surrendered to police the next day.

If CHP’s version of events is correct, the suspect would seem to have violated several traffic laws just prior to the crash, which could make him criminally to blame. That likely would also make him liable in civil court, which has to do with financial damages in personal injury cases.

No life should be cut short because of a reckless or careless driver. Perhaps nothing is sadder than the death of a child, especially when it did not have to happen.

Source: KTLA-TV, “Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 4-Year-Old Boy Surrenders to Police,” Kennedy Ryan, John A. Moreno, Jennifer Gould and Nerissa Knight, July 12, 2014