A 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman decided that she and her four children could walk home from her aunt's house on July 16. The woman ordinarily took a cab for the short trip home, but the cool weather enticed her to walk. Unfortunately, the woman and three of her children will never make home -- they were killed in a pedestrian vs. car crash that night. By some miracle, the woman's five-year-old soon received only minor injuries.
Two intersections on the stretch of road where the woman and her children were hit and killed were once rated number two and number three in a list of the most dangerous intersections in the country. The road is known for people traveling too fast. The speed limit where the accident took place is posted as being 40 miles per hour, but many drivers exceed that limit by at least 10 miles per hour on a regular basis.
On the night in question, it is believed that two cars were racing. Their speed at the time of impact was not released. It is not known if either of the drivers was injured as a result of the accident. The two drivers have been arrested, however, and face a litany of charges that include murder and involuntary manslaughter.
The family of this Pennsylvania woman has said that they will bury her and her youngest child, a 7-month-old, together, while her two other children will be buried near her. Once the family has had time to process the loss of her and her three children, they may exercise their right to file wrongful death claims against the party or parties deemed responsible for their deaths. Money won't bring them back, but it may help with the expenses incurred in connection with their death in this horrific car crash and possibly even provide for the 5-year-old boy left behind.
Source: CBS News, "Phila. Fatal Crash Update: Two Pa. men arrested in accident that killed mom, 3 young sons crossing highway," July 18, 2013