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According to authorities, a child was struck and killed when a driver was searching for a parking spot in northwest Harris County.

Details About the Tragedy
Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling eastbound through the Bear Creek Islamic Center parking lot searching for a parking spot in the 17200 block of Coventry Park Drive. The driver pulled a u-turn in the parking lot, striking a child who, authorities state, was sitting down playing in the parking lot west of the playground.

The child was rushed to Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center where she later passed away.

Statistics Concerning Children Non-Occupants in Child Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 one in every five children under the age of 15 who perished in traffic accidents and crashes were pedestrians. A 2015 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that from a total of 1,132 child motor vehicle traffic fatalities, 21 percent were pedestrians.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched the Be Safe Be Seen program in 2017 in an effort to combat these high pedestrian fatality statistics. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association report, the program’s aim is to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries along and around I-35 in the Austin area. The campaign provided reflective bags that were given to the homeless population and school children, two of the most at-risk groups of people.

According to the same report, the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education and Outreach project made their rounds in the Houston metropolitan area providing education about safe pedestrian and bicycling behaviors to help reduce these staggering children pedestrian fatality statistics.

Reach out to the car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns.
If you or a loved one has been injured or passed away recently due to a car accident, know that your Houston car accident and wrongful death attorneys at Lapeze & Johns send our deepest sympathies, and know that you don’t have to suffer alone.

Our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to hold those who are at fault accountable and to help you obtain the compensation you need to help you through this terrible ordeal. Contact us today at (713) 739-1010 for a free legal consultation.

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