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Death of a child prompts accident investigation

Maryland kids are still unable to attend school or participate in most extracurricular activities. Families may be starting to feel a little stir crazy, and it's a blessing when the weather is nice and kids can go outside for some fresh air. Even with the state's social distancing guidelines and the closure of parks and recreational areas, kids can still ride bikes, take walks and spend time out of doors. Unfortunately, a hoverboard ride resulted in the death of a local child, resulting in an accident investigation

Initial reports say that a 16-year-old girl was riding a hoverboard in Hagerstown. As she came to an intersection, she was struck by a dump truck leaving a local construction site. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

An accident investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident. The truck was owned and operated by the city's Department of Public Works. Law enforcement has confirmed that a city construction crew was working at a site nearby when the crash occurred. More details will be released in the coming weeks, and it is currently unknown if the dump truck operator will face criminal charges. 

Even if the driver is not charged with a crime, the victim's family still has several options for legal recourse in a Maryland civil court. Pending the results of the accident investigation, the family may consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, the city that owns and operates the truck, or both. Solid legal advice can be key when distraught loved ones are considering legal action on behalf of a deceased child, and fortunately, people in a tragic situation need only reach out to an experienced attorney that is ready to aid in the fight for justice. 

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