A 9-year-old was hit by a passing vehicle in a recently Cape Coral pedestrian accident. According to NBC2, it happened just before 6:00 p.m. as firefighters arrived on scene to find the young pedestrian lying on the westbound lanes of Hancock Bridge Parkway. The child was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert. Medical officials report that he had a life-threatening head injury. He was later transported to Tampa General Hospital and listed in critical condition.
According to witnesses, the boy ran across Hancock and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The driver reportedly attempted to avoid contact but the child struck the hood of the vehicle and then fell to the ground. Officials with the Cape Coral Police Department have not cited the driver.
Our child injury lawyers in Cape Coral understand that, developmentally, kids cannot judge speed and distance of approaching vehicles until age 10. Even then, it's critical that we keep a close eye on our young pedestrians. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, about 80 percent of child pedestrian fatalities happen at non-intersection areas. It's important for parents to talk to kids about how to be safe while walking.