The family whose van was struck from behind by a 16-year-old while they waited at a stop sign will return home to Florida this week. Of the six people in the vehicle at the time of the car accident, a 10-year-old girl was killed.
Two other children suffered broken bones and leg injuries that required significant physical therapy. The couple’s 3-year-old boy severely tore his spinal cord and is paralyzed from the neck down. The mother in the vehicle at the time was pregnant and suffered broken ribs in the fatal rear-end crash. The father driving the vehicle was not seriously injured in the collision. Their Weston personal injury lawyer had no comment on the matter.
At the time of the fatal Georgia car accident, the family was travelling home from watching fireworks. They were at stoplight when they were struck from behind by a pickup truck driving at a high rate of speed. The crash occurred on July 1 in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The family has spent months in Georgia as the children underwent surgeries, physical therapy and rehabilitative care. The youngest child is on a ventilator and is not expected to walk without assistance.
Friends and family in their hometown volunteered their time and effort to make improvements to the family’s home to allow them to bring their 3-year-old paralyzed son home from the hospital. The family’s homecoming will mark only their second trip home since the crash. The family travelled to Palm Bay for their daughter’s funeral.
Source: Florida Today “Bittersweet homecoming awaits Palm Bay Family After Tragic Crash,” 9/18/2011