Right around 1 p.m., on Thursday, May 31, a car broke down on I-20 in South Carolina. The disabled vehicle came to a stop in the center lane of the highway.
Another vehicle pulled up next to it so that the driver could offer assistance, seeing as how the travel lane was blocked. That second vehicle stopped in the left lane.
Tragically, a third vehicle did not stop in time and slammed into the back of the car sitting in the left lane, causing a major accident. A young boy who was riding in that car was killed; his injuries were so severe that emergency crews could not get him to a hospital in time, and he passed away at the crash site. He was just 9 years old.
The driver of that third car was also injured in the wreck, though the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. That driver was taken to a local hospital by the emergency crews.
The young boy was eventually identified by the Lexington County Coroner. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck, and they had not yet released their findings as of the most recent reports. All that is known at this time is that the boy was properly restrained when the crash took place.
Stories like this show just how fast one unexpected event on a highway can lead to a chain-reaction crash. All it takes is a few seconds for people's lives to change forever. That's why it is so important for those who suffer serious injuries or lose loved ones to know all of their legal options.
Source: Fox, "9-year-old boy killed in I-20 crash," Andrea Butler, May 31, 2018