On Thursday, a pedestrian accident claimed the life of a teen in Syracuse, New York. Authorities identified the victim on Friday as 16-year-old Syracuse High School junior Alan La Rosa. According to Syracuse police detectives, La Rosa attempted to cross Antelope Drive when he was struck by a vehicle at around 6:45 p.m. The vehicle, a Dodge Neon, was driven by a 42-year-old individual that remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Police indicated that La Rosa was wearing dark clothing and crossing in an area that lacked a crosswalk. It is unknown if any citations will be issued.
Millions of individuals choose to walk as a way to travel or a form of exercise. Most pedestrians follow all safety precautions in order to avoid a collision with a vehicle. It is recommended that anyone walking or bicycling should wear reflective clothing, walk in well-lit areas, and utilize crosswalks and sidewalks when available. However, the majority of the 4,679 pedestrian fatalities of 2014 were caused by the reckless and negligent actions of the driver. Distracted driving and driving under the influence are mostly to blame and are highly preventable. The loss of a loved one is tragic, regardless the circumstances. However, it is heartbreaking to learn that your loved one’s death could have been prevented. There is no amount of money that will replace your loved one, but you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of economic support, and emotional damages.
The St. Louis pedestrian accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will support you with compassion during this difficult chapter of your life. We will hold the at-fault driver responsible by obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact our proficient personal injury attorneys today for a free no-obligation consultation.