A fatal pedestrian accident claimed the life of a young child and seriously injured the child’s mother Thursday afternoon, March 21, 2019. According to WACH.com, “[t]he accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Duke Avenue and Lamar Street.” The news story reports “[a] Dodge Avenger was traveling eastbound on Duke Avenue as [Jayana] Summers was crossing the street with her mother…[w]hen they made it to the other side, the vehicle hit them before crashing into a utility pole.” Tragically, according to TheState.com, “Summers died of blunt force trauma from the crash…Summers’ 23-year-old mother was also injured during the crash…[s]he was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.”
According to WACH.com, “[t]oxicology results are pending with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division” and the incident remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
As the details of this tragedy continue to develop, and if the driver is found to be at fault, Jayana Summers’ mother may elect to file civil claims for both her injuries and the tragic loss of her child.
Based upon its experience and success handling pedestrian accident cases, The Murray Law Firm suggests that Jayana Summers’ family should retain an experienced personal injury firm to protect their interests and ensure an unbiased investigation. Photographs of the vehicles and roadways involved and a review of traffic surveillance footage will need to be performed immediately before any evidence is damaged or destroyed.
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