Posted On: June 15, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Delaware County DUI Crash Kills Young Boy

A 25-year-old man from Ambler has pleaded not guilty to charges that he was speeding and driving under the influence of illegal drugs when he struck and killed a 13-year-old boy on March 17. According to this article in the Delaware County Times, the boy was riding a scooter in Lower Gwynedd when he was struck by the man’s 1999 Ford Ranger pick-up truck traveling southbound at 63 miles per hour.

The motorist will now be scheduled for trial on the charges. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 8 ½- to-17-years in prison

The boy, a seventh-grader at Wissahickon Middle School, was crossing the street on his Razor scooter, not far from his home.

According to the article, the male driver allegedly told detectives he had smoked marijuana earlier on the day of the crash. The man also claimed that bushes prevented him from seeing the young boy and that he attempted to stop but couldn’t avoid striking the child.

The investigation determined that the boy had safely crossed the road and had reached the opposite side of the road at the time he was struck. The driver did not properly perceive the path of travel of the boy. He applied his brakes and steered to the left, directly into the path of the boy.

The blood tests determined that the motorist had the anti-anxiety medication Clonazepam, Methadone and traces of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

The family of the boy would be well advised to seek the advice of experienced wrongful death attorney. When needless death occurs due to negligence of another party, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed. In these lawsuits, the decedent’s heirs sue the negligent party or parties for damages related to the loss of life and their own pain and suffering. It is recommended that families who think their family member’s death was wrongful first contact a Philly wrongful death attorney for a case assessment. If the case is valid, the attorney can help investigate the claim, gather evidence, represent them in court, and collect the compensation they deserve.

The attorneys at Cherry Fieger Marciano understand the devastating impact a Pennsylvania wrongful death can have on a family. They can help you find justice and compensation for your loved one’s death. Your case consultation with one of these Philadelphia wrongful death car accident attorneys is free of charge and completely confidential.

The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano use their knowledge, their aptitude and their ability in pursuit of obtaining considerable damages for the injured party.