Boston Toddler Dies in ‘Sweltering Hot’ Van; Charges Pending

09/15/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Boston, MA — The district attorney is awaiting autopsy reports before deciding if charges should be pressed after a 17-month-old boy was found dead inside of a sweltering hot van, who should have been dropped off at a day-care center that morning, reported USA Today.

The driver of the van, Luis Matos, apparently failed to notice that the toddler, Gabriel Josh-Cazir Pierre, was still on board after finishing his morning delivery of kids to area day-care centers.

Matos was reportedly “distraught” after finding out what had happened. He has since been hospitalized with chest pains.

“Matos has apologized for his part in the ‘terrible accident,’ and his lawyer says he wants to express his “deep sorrow and profound apologies” to the boy’s parents,” the Boston Globe reported.

Investigators are looking into whether the toddler’s day-care center noticed that Gabriel had not arrived at the school and whether anyone attempted to alert the boy’s parents.

Day-care van drivers have been directed by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to “Be sure to check for any pupils left on the vehicle,” and to walk the entire length of the vehicle before placing a sign that says “empty” in the window of each run.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Massachusetts wrongful death lawyers.

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