Two girls attempting to cross South Powerline Road were in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday night.
The Sun Sentinal reported that Megan Rocks, 13, of Coconut Creek and Emily Victor, 12, were in the pediatric intensive care unit at Broward General Medical Center, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses told investigators the two girls were not in a designated crosswalk as they attempted to cross the 200 block-area of South Powerline Road from east to west about 9:45 p.m. Friday. After a close call by one approaching vehicle, the two were struck by a southbound vehicle, BSO said.
While witnesses at the scene attempted to help the girls, one of them flagged down Deputy Marcella Dykie, who was on patrol in the area.
BSO Air Rescue airlifted Emily while Megan was transported by Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue.
Preliminary information gathered by BSO investigators indicates that the driver of the Escort, Alfredo Salas, 20, of North Miami was not speeding and that alcohol or drug impairment were not factors in the crash. No charges are being filed at this time, BSO said.
A portion of Powerline Road remained closed as the scene was being investigated Friday night and early Saturday.
In 2007, more than 7,000 pedestrians were injured in Florida, and more than 500 were killed.
While in this case the girls may not have been in the crosswalk, the vehicle operator still owes them a duty to maintain a safe lookout. In fact, just as in many car accidents, the primary cause of car-pedestrian accidents and injuries is driver inattention.
Pedestrians who are hit by cars may be able to collect insurance money for their medical bills from their own insurance (under PIP), if they have car insurance or live with someone who has car insurance. If they do not have car insurance, the personal injury protection of the person who hit them typically covers their expenses.
Mark Kaire has been practicing law in Miami for nearly 30 years. He is dedicated to helping the injured people of Miami receive compensation. Mr. Kaire has been blogging on Miami’s legal issues for many years.