Two young boys, ages 7 and 9, were killed in a Boyle Heights crash, and several others were critically injured after they were struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SUV that was responding to a call. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the incident occurred the night of November 16, 2017 at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street. The sheriff’s vehicle collided with two other cars and the impact thrust the police vehicle onto the sidewalk when it ran into a mother and her two sons.
Surveillance Video Obtained
The Los Angeles Times obtained security video from an area liquor store, which shows the sheriff’s vehicle had emergency lights on. But since there is no audio, it is not clear if the cruiser’s sirens were on at the time. One child died at the scene and the other died at the hospital. Their mother remains in critical condition. In total, seven people were transported to area hospitals. Officials have not determined who was at fault for the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members for the two young children who were killed in this crash. Our thoughts and prayers are also with their critically injured mother and others who were wounded in this horrific crash.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the three sheriff’s vehicle was responding to a report of a gunshot and crashed into two other vehicles at the Boyle Heights intersection. There are still a number of unanswered questions here. Who was at fault for the initial collision at the intersection? Did the police cruiser have both its emergency lights and sirens on as it raced through the intersection? Was one of the other drivers at fault? At this point, we trust officials are looking into this incident and we also hope the investigation has been entrusted to a neutral party because a police vehicle was involved in the collision.
Fault and Liability
While civilian vehicles are required to yield to emergency vehicles, the operators of those emergency vehicles also have a responsibility to exercise due care and follow their department’s protocols in emergency situations. If the driver of the police cruiser was at fault, then the officer and the sheriff’s department could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
If one of the other drivers is determined to have been at fault, they could be held accountable. Injured victims or families that have lost loved ones under such tragic circumstances would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.