Parents always take a deep breath and try not to worry about their kids when they go off to school. They do so whether they admit it or not. This is because there are very real dangers in the world: passing cars, street violence and bad influences. When they make it to school and back in one piece, parents breathe a sigh of relief.
An accident occurred Thursday in Newark that will certainly keep parents worried. Three kids were struck by a car at the intersection of Sussex Avenue and Fourth Street. The children, aged four through six were attempting to cross the street near the Roseville Library. The accident occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m. according to Newark Police.
The driver stopped just after the accident occurred, and the children were seen by emergency responders. They were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, but none were deemed as serious or life-threatening. Police detained and interviewed the driver at the scene. He was cooperative, and no citations were issued for traffic violations.
While the notion of not ticketing a driver involved in a pedestrian accident may aggravate some parents, the driver may still be held liable in a civil court, as opposed to a criminal court. Indeed, a citation for a criminal offense may serve as a proof that the driver was negligent, but it is not the only piece of evidence that can be used to prove liability. The standard would center on whether a reasonable driver could have stopped or made evasive maneuvers to avoid the accident.
Source: NJ.com, 3 children injured after being struck by a car in Newark, February 1, 2013