The recent tragic death of a child in Kentucky brings to the fore two issues that have been much in the news lately. The issues concern the partying and pledging practices in the nation's collegiate Greek system and reckless driving brought about by driving under the influence. A child was the victim of a traffic accident that happened during a University of Kentucky football game.
The child was standing with his family waiting to cross a street. He was allegedly hit by an 18-year-old student from UK who had recently left a tailgate party. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.
The student who reportedly hit the child was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He admitted to drinking two beers at the morning tailgate. His blood alcohol level was reportedly .051, which is over the legal limit of .02 for drivers under 21. The national organization revoked the fraternity's charter at UK following the accident. They said the reason was for failure to adhere to health and safety policies.
A family outing to a college football game in Kentucky should not end in a preventable traffic accident. There is little in life that can compare with the grief of losing a child. A family facing such a situation may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. While no one can bring the loved one back, a knowledgeable attorney may be able to advise the grieving family as to whether a civil suit against the parties deemed responsible for the accident is possible. A successful claim can provide compensation for medical costs, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.