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Motor vehicle accidents: Driver charged in child's death

A family has been left broken and devastated over the death of their three-month-old child. Authorities say a box truck caused a string of motor vehicle accidents that caused the child's death along a Maryland road. Police have determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Maryland State Police arrived at the scene and determined that a pickup truck stopped at a red light and an SUV was slowing coming to a stop behind it. A large box truck struck the SUV from behind, forcing it into the pickup truck. The crash was so severe that the MSP Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were called in to assist.

The drivers and passengers of the SUV and pickup truck were all treated at the scene for minor injuries. The infant in the back seat received life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to MedStar Southern Hospital. He was then airlifted for further treatment via Medivac to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., but he died shortly thereafter. Troopers issued a standardized field sobriety test after detecting alcohol on the breath of the box truck driver.

The man who drove the box truck that killed this child has been indicted by a grand jury and will face multiple charges and possible jail time. This family, however, has lost their child forever because of one person's decision to drive under the influence. The heartbreak they are enduring is unimaginable, and they will continue to relive this nightmare for the rest of their lives. Maryland families who have lost loved one's in motor vehicle accidents like this may benefit from consulting with a personal injury attorney to determine if there is cause to pursue a civil case.

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