On March 3, 2020, a 6-year-old boy in Bryant, Ark., died after being struck by a truck. Bryant police told The Saline Courier the boy was walking on Miller Road just before 4:30 p.m. The child was taken by airlift to Children’s Hospital, but ultimately died from his injuries.
Bryant Public Schools issued a statement identifying the victim as one of its kindergarten students. KTHV 11 said the school district would make counselors available to students and staff who require emotional support.
KTHV said the driver of the truck was cooperating with Bryant police. This was not being treated as a “hit-and-run” accident. It was not clear if any criminal charges would be filed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2018. And based on 2017 figures, roughly 1 out of every 5 pedestrian deaths involves a child ages 14 and under. Similarly, about 20 percent of pedestrian accidents “involved hit-and-run drivers.”
Northwest AR, truck accident lawyer J. Timothy Smith said all drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians, especially children, while on the road. “Many drivers think they own the road. That thinking is what leads to preventable tragedies like the death of the child in Bryant. Motorists need to understand that the road belongs to everyone.”
“When someone is killed due to negligence, the victim’s family can seek compensation in court. This is known as a wrongful death lawsuit. Such lawsuits are independent of any criminal action the state decides to bring.”
Arkansas also divides wrongful death lawsuits into an estate claim and a family claim. The estate claim seeks damages for the victim’s funeral and burial costs, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The family claim addresses compensation for the parents’ loss of their child’s care and comfort.