A Hollywood, Florida driver crashed into a nine-year-old boy Saturday, sending him to the hospital, news sources report. The identities of those involved in the accident were not immediately available. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what led to the crash. So far, there have been no charges. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred Saturday evening in the 6400 block of Flagler Street in Hollywood. Flagler Street is a relatively small, two-lane suburban street with a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour. Tina Corona, a neighbor of the victim, told the press, “This sounds like an isolated incident, but we do have a big problem with cars speeding up and down.” She added, “My prayers are with the child, the gentleman driving the car and their families.”
Reports say the victim had purchased ice cream from an ice cream truck, then walked around the truck and attempted to cross the street, when the crash occurred. A Dodge Charger was in the process of attempting to drive around the ice cream truck when it struck the victim. The driver remained at the scene following the collision and is cooperating with police, sources indicate.
The victim was taken to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital following the crash. Information regarding the extent of his injuries were not immediately available at press time. Police and traffic homicide investigators arrived at the scene later and cordoned a portion of the street off with yellow tape. Detectives have not yet determined whether they will cite or charge the driver.
In a similar case earlier this month, Jeffrey Bates, a Pompano Beach police officer, reportedly crashed into pedestrian Helen Adams. Adams, 46, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The accident still appears to be under investigation. So far, there have been no charges or citations and no one appears to have filed a suit.
Sources say Bates is an 11-year veteran with the Broward County Sherriff’s Office and is assigned to the Pompano Beach district. Reports indicate he was on duty and in his police vehicle when the accident occurred at around 3 a.m. on North Federal Highway, near the city lines of Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
Reports say that section of highway is not lit very well and does not have a crosswalk. Adams and John Adams, her boyfriend, were walking across the street when Adams was hit by Bates’ police vehicle. John, who had already made it across the street, was not hit.
Adams was taken to Broward Health North’s trauma center, where, sadly, she was pronounced dead of her injuries. John claims Bates did not have any emergency light on, even though he appeared to be speeding at the time of the accident, reports say. Federal Highway reportedly has a posted speed limit of 45mph at the accident site.
Broward County’s busy streets are home to hundreds of accidents involving pedestrians every year. Many factor come into play during such accidents, such as road visibility, speed, and failure to yield. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 968 pedestrians were injured and 53 were killed in Broward County traffic accidents in 2010.