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Child killed and 14 injured in fatal daycare car crash

There is almost nothing in life that people with children hold in higher priority than the safety and well-being of their kids. That is one reason why working parents choose daycare providers carefully. When they take that leap of faith of leaving their children in someone else's care each day, parents need to feel confident that their kids will be kept safe and well while they are away. That sense of security was shattered for some Florida parents recently when a fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at their children's daycare.

The tragic crash occurred when a man driving a Durango rear-ended a Toyota Solara that was slowing down to turn into the daycare center. This caused the Solara to jump the curb, cross the parking lot, and slam into the daycare center, hitting several children before coming to a stop at the back of the building. One four-year-old girl was tragically killed, and 14 other people were injured.

The man who was driving the Durango is now facing a potential life prison sentence after leaving the scene of the accident and then turning himself in 24 hours later. The extreme sentence possibility comes from the fact that the man is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He is currently also facing drug charges in a neighboring county and has previously served two separate prison sentences for drug and extortion convictions.

One of the details that could have a significant impact on this case is the fact that injuries were not suffered in that initial collision between the man and the other driver. The secondary crash, when the Solara crashed into the daycare, was when so many children were injured. However, if the first crash had never happened, the second one likely would have been prevented.

In order to identify the liable parties and hold them accountable for the catastrophic damages resulting from this crash, parents of the victims may want to consult an attorney. It may be appropriate to file civil claims against the negligent party or parties in order to pursue compensation.


Source: WHBL, "Judge sets bond for suspect in deadly Florida day care car crash," Barbara Liston, April 14, 2014

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