Motor vehicle accidents: Tragedy strikes Wisconsin family

Like many Wisconsin families do during summer, one family went to a local ice-cream shop on recent Saturday evening. This particular family having no way of knowing that their lives were about to be changed forever. As often happens when serious motor vehicle accidents occur, the family is grieving the loss of one of its youngest members. The investigation of the events leading up to the devastating crash remains ongoing at this time.  

No information was provided as to exactly how many family members were walking home from the ice-cream shop at the time. It is clear, however, that a 6-year-old boy was riding on his bicycle, with his mother walking nearby. The family had entered an intersection to walk to the other side of the street when a pickup truck suddenly struck both the child and his mother. 

In emergency situations like this, it is often the courageous efforts of first response teams that save lives. Those who responded to this incident did all they could, including swiftly transporting the two accident victims to a hospital. Although the mother survived her injuries, word came from hospital staff a while later that they were unable to save the child's life despite first responders' use of advanced medical intervention.  

As other families in Wisconsin and beyond have done following motor vehicle accidents in the past, the boy's family issued a public statement. They thanked their community for an outpouring of love and asked for prayers as they learn to go on in life without their loved one. Officials say the driver of the pickup truck that struck the child and his mother is cooperating with authorities in their investigation; situations like this often lead to wrongful death claims through the state's civil justice system.

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