A 9-year-old boy in South Fulton was killed last week when he was struck by a car while getting ice cream from an ice cream truck last week. According to a report from Fox 5, the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon just before 5 p.m. near the child’s home on Creel Road. The child, identified as A’Cariyon Perry, was coming back across the street to his house after getting his ice cream. Witnesses stated that the vehicle that struck him had sped around a corner and attempted to drive past the ice cream truck, despite its stop arm that was extended to warn drivers to use caution.
Witnesses say that speeding vehicles are becoming an issue in the normally quiet neighborhood where the accident occurred. The driver remained on the scene and at the time of Fox 5’s report an investigation was ongoing.
Drivers are required to exercise a duty of care when operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway. This means they are required to take reasonable actions to avoid causing harm to others, such as controlling their speed. They owe an even greater duty of care when it comes to protecting children from becoming injured in pedestrian accidents. In areas where children are known to be, drivers must slow down and be extra vigilant about watching for children in the roadway.
As explained by the Children’s Safety Network, more than 67,000 children are injured and around 700 die as a result of pedestrian accidents. 36 percent of the deaths of children under 16 in pedestrian accidents occur in the afternoon and early evening hours, between 3 and 7 p.m. Boys account for two-thirds of child pedestrian deaths.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in the metro Atlanta region, let an experienced accident attorney from Cambre & Associates help you understand the personal injury claims process that can be used to seek compensation for the costs and impacts of your injury. Contact us for a free case evaluation.