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Dania Beach Man Charged in Vehicular Homicide of 9-Year-Old Girl in Hollywood

Nine months after a nine-year-old girl died crossing the street in front of her house, a driver has been arrested for causing her death. As a Pompano Beach car accident attorney, I was pleased to read about the arrest in the child’s May 4 death. According to a Feb. 18 article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Daniel Pagan, 20, was arrested the day before for causing the death of Crishna Edwards of Hollywood. Pagan, of Dania Beach, was accused of speeding and illegally changing lanes in the moments before his car hit Edwards. In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, he faces charges of driving with a learner’s permit without a licensed driver in the car and driving without a license causing a death. He was released on $2,500 bail.

An article from the time of the May 4, 2010 crash said Pagan did not leave the scene and was cooperating with police, but was not originally charged. Police said Pagan was driving 50 mph in a 30-mph zone of North 23rd Avenue in Hollywood just before the crash. They also said he was traveling behind a van that had slowed because children were playing in the area, but apparently changed lanes into the oncoming traffic lane in order to avoid a slowdown. A police spokesman said that an accident reconstruction showed the crash likely wouldn’t have taken place if Pagan had been driving more carefully. They noted that he lived in the neighborhood at the time and should have known the area frequently had children playing.

As a Weston auto accident lawyer, I’m pleased that the justice system worked for this family. When child pedestrians are involved in car wrecks, insurance companies sometimes try to blame the child for running out into the street or otherwise causing the accident. There’s no doubt that some accidents truly do happen that way, but children can be victims of bad driving just like adults sometimes are. In this case, the police’s statements make it clear that they believe Pagan’s speeding and recklessness were the main contributors to the accident. And if that’s the case, he and his insurance company can be held financially responsible for the damages caused to this family.

Of course, no amount of money can make up for the death of someone you love. But at Cohn, Smith & Cohn, we handle enough auto accident cases to know that after an unexpected death, many families face serious financial consequences as well as grief and pain. A funeral can be expensive, and when medical care was involved, that care can also add up quickly. For adult victims who were earning a living, there’s also the question of loss of income, which can quickly paralyze a family financially if they relied on that income. And of course, there’s the non-financial but very real loss of the victim’s love, care, companionship and ability to live a full life. Our Margate car accident attorneys help families recover for those and other injuries when they were inflicted by a driver who wasn’t paying attention.

If someone in your family was injured or taken too soon in a car crash caused by someone else’s carelessness, don’t wait to call Cohn, Smith & Cohn for help. We offer free, confidential consultations to all potential clients, so you lose nothing by speaking to us about your case and your rights. To set up a meeting, send us a message through the Internet or call (954) 431-8100 today.

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