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2 deaths, traumatic brain injury result of pedestrian accident

Walking with children in a residential neighborhood here in New York state is generally considered to be a fun, pleasant activity. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean that pedestrians are safe from nearby traffic. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of a crash that happened late last year that left two pedestrians dead and a toddler with a traumatic brain injury. The woman said to have caused the crash was recently indicted on several charges. 

Officials say that the collision happened in the morning, one day before Thanksgiving last year. A woman was walking on the sidewalk of a residential area with three young children. She was their babysitter and the children were all siblings. Another woman driving southbound allegedly ran her car off the road where it hit a utility pole and then the first woman and the children.

The woman and the eldest child died, one child was uninjured and a toddler suffered a traumatic brain injury. The toddler was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention where he was put into ICU for two weeks. He has since been transferred to a hospital out of state for further treatment, and his mother reports that he will need long-term therapy after being released, though he may never fully recover.

Authorities say that the woman alleged to have caused the crash first told police that she closed her eyes because of a dizziness while driving. They claim that she later said she fell asleep while driving and that she admitted she hadn't gotten proper sleep the night before the crash. She was recently indicted on multiple charges including two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

Whatever the outcome of the criminal charges, the families of the victims may decide to file a civil claim against the driver. This may be particularly important for the family of the toddler who may have to deal with his traumatic brain injury for the rest of his life. A New York attorney can help anyone in this type of situation to determine the best course of action in securing the needed life-long care for such a severe injury.

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