07/19/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
New Smyrna Beach, FL—A traffic accident claimed the life of a child in New Smyrna Beach on Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2010. The accident, which involved a young boy and a pickup truck, was certainly not the first accident to occur on a Florida beach that permits driving, according to information provided by Click Orlando.
Reports indicated Donovan Sias was driving his Doge Ram pickup truck on New Smyrna Beach when he failed to notice a young boy running into his path in an attempt to reach the water.
While Sias was traveling in accordance with the posted speed limit of 10 mph, hindered visibility seemingly caused him to run over 4-year-old pedestrian, Aiden Patrick.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Patrick was rushed to Bert Fish Medical Center before his injuries sadly proved fatal. Witnesses also reportedly contended the child became pinned under the pickup on impact.
A witness alleged, “He wasn’t speeding. He was doing the (speed) limit, you know, they usually do here on the beach – just 10 mph.”
Another individual at the scene also stated, “It just made me think, ‘That could have been anybody’s child,’ I know this is a tradition – driving on the beach. We’re from South Carolina. We don’t drive on the beach in South Carolina.”
FHP authorities, along with officials from the Volusia County Beach Patrol, are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the unfortunate pedestrian-involved traffic accident.
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