Bellingham tot killed in pedestrian accident, teenage driver arrested

A small girl was killed in a horrible Bellingham pedestrian accident around 2:40pm on Thursday as she was walked in a crosswalk with her mother and her two siblings, ages 5 and 8.

The Seattle PI.com reports that the mother of the toddler was walking her children home from school when a car stopped to let the pedestrians cross. According to the report, a second vehicle driven by a teenage girl rear ended the stopped car, pushing it forward, killing the toddler and injuring her mother.

bellingham pedestrian accident attorneyThe small child was killed at the pedestrian accident scene. Her mother was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The teenage girl driving the second vehicle was arrested for investigation of Vehicular Homicide. She was distracted in the rear-end accident and police are trying to determine whether she was using a cell phone at the time. To hit the first car with such force, the teenager driver may have been speeding as well.

Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.520 — Vehicular Homicide — provides that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if a person dies as a result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. This includes driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without regard for the safety of others.

At least one study found that using a cell phone while driving is equivalent to driving while intoxicated. The study, “Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society” found that drivers who were using cell phones braked more slowly and were more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicles accidents and pedestrian accidents. We also represent families with their wrongful death lawsuits when the death of a loved one was caused by the negligent of another.

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