Two unidentified six-year-old victims suffered severe injuries after being struck by a SUV that veered off Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. The shocking accident occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. on October 17, 2013.
The boys were walking with their nanny on the sidewalk adjacent to a Walgreens store when a BMW SUV left the roadway and slammed into them. The BMW pinned the boys against a wall. A group of people that were at a nearby restaurant witnessed the accident and rushed to the aid of the victims. The BMW was still in drive when the people were able to dislodge the boys from against the wall.
According to published reports, the driver of the BMW was a 90-year-old man. Menlo Park Police officers have indicated that the driver pressed his accelerator instead of his brake as he was attempting to back out from a parking space. Statistics show that elderly drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal and severe pedestrian accidents. Drivers who are unfit to safely operate their vehicles put the safety of pedestrians and cyclists at risk.
The young victims are reportedly twin brothers. Both victims were immediately transported to Stanford Hospital Medical Center. The boys’ nanny also suffered undisclosed injuries. The injuries of one of the boys have been described as life threatening. At Matiasic Roth &Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in hopes that they are able to recover from this tragic pedestrian accident.
The dedicated legal team at Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP specialize in assisting victims of pedestrian accidents and their families. We understand that victims of pedestrian accidents need a dedicated pedestrian accident lawyer in their corner to fight for their rights. We are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable and getting families the compensation they deserve to help rebuild their lives.