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Hollywood, Florida Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of 9-Year-Old Girl

The parents of 9-year-old Chrishna Edwards have been left devastated in the wake of her death from injuries she sustained during a Hollywood, Florida pedestrian accident. Edwards was crossing the street at around 5:45pm on Tuesday to greet a friend when a Toyota Corolla driven by Daniel Pagan hit her. The 20-year-old motorist, who is cooperating with investigators, only has a learner’s permit. Another driver, Saleemah Wilson, says she had just stepped on the brakes of her vehicle to avoid striking Edwards when Pagan sped up to go around her auto and struck the girl. Wilson says that she was driving at a speed of about 25 mph and that Pagan appeared to be driving at about 45 – 50 mph. The Hollywood, Florida car accident occurred in a residential area close to a school. Witnesses say that Edwards' father ran to her and was screaming and crying. They say they've been traumatized because they saw the Broward County traffic accident. Child Pedestrian Accidents With their youth, lack of experience, unfamiliarity with driving laws, inability to accurately gauge distances, speeds, and look out for their own well-being, and their ability to become easily distracted, children are at high risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries during a Florida pedestrian accident—especially when they are unaccompanied by an adult. Because of this, drivers cannot afford to be careless, reckless, or distracted when driving on a road where there are kids around. Motorists should: • Not try to overtake a vehicle that is stopped or slowed at an intersection for pedestrian. • Drive at the appropriate speed limit—especially in residential areas or near schools. • Refrain from talking on the cell phone or texting. • Pay attention to who and what is around the vehicle so as to avoid striking anyone or anything. • While backing out of a driveway. make sure that there aren’t any children that have run behind the vehicle. • Obey traffic signs and traffic laws. • Even if your light has already turned green, If your pedestrian is already crossing the street let them pass. • When driving near school buses, slow down in case a school kid darts out from behind the bus and into your lane. Hollywood girl, 9, dies after being struck by car, Sun-Sentinel, May 5, 2010 Related Web Resources: National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety, CDC Fla. deadliest state for walkers, cyclists, USA Today, March 1, 2010 Contact our Hollywood, Florida car accident law firm and ask for a free case evaluation. The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. can help you explore your legal options.

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