Tragedies still abound in our modern world and despite our desire to be in control of our destiny from one day to the next there are situations that arise — traffic crashes, for example — that seem beyond our ability to avoid certain fateful events. As Maryland auto accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys, we empathize with those whose lives are interrupted, sometimes violently as a result of another person’s negligence or thoughtless actions.
Highway collisions and rural road mishaps between automobiles or commercial vehicles can turn a normal day into a milestone of pain and suffering. Fatal car, truck and motorcycle wrecks do not discriminate between young or old, rich or poor. These events are random, yet not unusual. But one common thread is the havoc these accidents can wreck on an individual’s life and that of his or her family.
Not long ago, a 52-year-old father and his six-year-old boy were killed in a crash along a darkened stretch of Rte 50 in Bowie, MD, when their 2002 Hyundai smashed into an abandoned vehicle apparently sitting in the roadway. According to news reports, Joseph Hein and his young son, Mikey, were headed eastbound on a Friday evening around 9:30pm when the accident occurred. Based on police reports, as the Hyundai was approaching Rte 301, it ran into a 2004 Cadillac SRX that had no headlamps or taillamps operating.
Police said that the Caddy was a reportedly stolen vehicle out of Prince George’s County. At the time of the news report, it was unclear if anyone was in the Cadillac when the collision happened, however State Troopers reportedly picked up two men walking not far from the scene of the crash site and took them into custody.
When emergency responders arrived at the site of the car crash, both the father and son were apparently in critical condition. The father was transported to the trauma unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, but the man was pronounced dead a short time later. The little boy was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he died two days later after doctors took the child off of life support. According to the news article, the boy’s various organs, including his heart, were donated to 14 other children in need of life-saving transplants.
Kent Island father, son killed in crash, HometownAnnapolis.com, January 11, 2011