Just weeks into the new year, a family of four suffered a devastating loss. Cooper Stock was only 9 years old when he crossed the street holding his father’s hand and was struck and killed by a taxi that failed to yield to the pedestrians.
Dr. Richard Stock and his son were struck by a taxi cab just outside of the family’s Upper West Side apartment. Dr. Stock suffered a leg injury, but the boy’s injuries were fatal. Several people rushed to the aid of the injured father and son, including the boy’s mother, who had been alerted to the accident by her doorman. One passerby called 911, noting that the boy was still breathing, but by the time an ambulance arrived, the boy was bloodied and lifeless.
While the family is in anguish over the loss of this young boy, the cab driver who hit Cooper was merely issued a citation for failure to yield, according to the New York Daily News. The driver had only a probationary license. Caroline Samponaro of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group Transportation Alternatives suggested there is a need to increase accident investigations and criminally charge negligent drivers to stop them from making the same deadly decisions in the future. Samponaro said the rise in deaths is alarming and the numbers are out of control:
- Between 2011 and 2013, the number of children fatally injury in vehicle accidents on New York City streets has almost doubled.
- Pedestrian deaths have risen from 142 in 2011 to 156 in 2013.
- If accident trends for 2014 continue, it is going to be the deadliest year for pedestrians in the last four years, reaching more than 200 fatalities by 2015.
Losing a child in an avoidable accident is one of the most devastating situations a parent may be forced to face. A compassionate wrongful death attorney can help parents understand more about their rights after a fatal accident in New York.