A 5-year-old boy was fatally struck by a van while riding his bicycle recently in Lauderhill, Florida. The child was identified as Joshua Richardson, the accident occurred near the Northwest 20 Street. Joshua apparently got stuck underneath the tire of the van, causing him to be dragged for several feet after the initial impact. Lauderhill Police say the driver of the van has not been identified. However, police could confirm that the driver was in the neighborhood after doing some remodeling work on a nearby home. Captain Rick Rocco of the Lauderhill Police said the diver initially thought he had hit a rock until he was eventually waved down by a neighbor and realized the severity of the situation. The police were immediately called and Joshua was airlifted Broward General Medical Center where he was ultimately pronounced dead. Police believe Joshua rode his bike into the street and, as of now, it does not seem likely charges will be pressed against the driver. However, Captain Roccos did say the investigation is ongoing and is in its earliest stages. For more details read Boy fatally struck by van while riding bicycle in Lauderhill, Florida.
Florida law places an affirmative duty of on drivers to use extreme care towards pedestrians and bicyclists while driving. If you would like to read more information on Florida law concerning its drivers and pedestrians please read Florida Laws Regarding Pedestrians and Traffic Regulations – Importance of Exercising Due Caution When Pedestrians Are Present.