A tragic accident is responsible for taking the life of a seven-year-old in the Bronx and the family has elected to file suit as they believe the tragedy could have been prevented.
 
It was just a few weeks ago when seven-year-old Shavone Bethea was riding his battery-powered scooter he had received for Christmas on East 184th Street and Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights. His family had been preparing to leave their apartment to attend a family picnic and it was during this time that Bethea was struck by an MTA bus. When emergency responders arrived, they transported him to St. Barnabas Hospital, but it was there that he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses reported that they believe the reason the bus operator was unable to see the boy in time was because he was “zooming down the sidewalk, down a hill, and into the street.”  The sidewalk just so happens to be tucked away behind a building, which caused a blind spot for the bus driver who was traveling down Webster Avenue. After striking the boy, the bus stopped about a block away from the accident scene and remained there until police had the opportunity to question him. Witnesses also told police that the bus driver did not run a red light.
 
AlthoughABC 7 reported that the relatives of the boy were getting ready for a picnic, the exact location of his parents was unknown at the time of the incident. 
 
There are two sides to every story.
 
Despite what the driver and the witnesses said, the parents of the young boy believe the driver should have seen their son which would have then prevented the entire accident and them from having to suffer from this loss. It is for this reason that they decided to hire a NY wrongful death attorney to help them sue MTA for $15.5 million [Source: ABC 7]. The family’s attorney believes that there are conflicting claims and he believes that regardless of what color the traffic light was or how fast the boy was going, the bus driver should “have seen what was there to be seen.
Because the majority of kids in NY are now out of school for summer vacation, parents need to reiterate to their children the ways they can stay safe while drivers need to be more cautious when out on the roads.
It’s never easy to lose a loved one, especially a child. When it came time to honor Bethea, his mother was distraught and unable to speak. She struggled desperately “to find words to honor her son” as “her grief was too much to bear.” His aunt, however, was able to express how lively Bethea was. She said he “would make a room light up” and “was so happy, just like a typical little child.”
As unfortunate as this accident is, it serves as a reminder to all parents and caregivers of children that with summer only a few days away and children out of school looking for things to do, safety is key and the best way to prevent an accident.
However, if you or your child has sustained an injury in an accident recently in New York and you are wanting to exercise your rights as a victim, contact USAttorneys.com today and we will place you in touch with the top accident lawyers in Brooklyn, NY.

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