It is the delight of many parents to take and pick up their children on the first day of school. Amidst taking pictures and meeting new teachers and classmates, the thought of a fatal accident might be the farthest thing from a parent's mind. One Texas woman's family was devastated when what should have been a day of happy memories to be made turned into a nightmare involving a fatal accident.
A 58-year-old man was pulling out of a parking spot after picking up his children when he sideswiped the vehicle next to him. According to a report, the thump disoriented him and he pressed on the accelerator instead of the brake. There were a number of parents and children walking through the parking lot and two mothers and three children were hit by the car moving forward. One of the mothers was knocked down by the collision, and two of the children were caught underneath the car but pulled out by other parents on the scene. The man put the car in reverse, backed up a little and then forward again, hitting the mother on the ground a second time and killing her.
Injuries to the three children and second adult were serious but they are all expected to fully recover. The district attorney has chosen to not press charges against the man, as there was no evidence of criminal intent in his actions. In a social media post days after the accident, the husband of the deceased woman expressed his anger over the loss of his wife, the injuries to his children and the release of the driver from custody.
Of all the stages of grief, it seems that anger is the most prevalent in a fatal accident. There is often not a chance to say goodbye and give one last hug. During such a heightened state of emotion may not be the best time to make particular legal decisions. A Texas attorney will be the calming voice of reason, and may suggest filing a wrongful death lawsuit as a way to hold a negligent person responsible.