Westfield, MA — A 7-year old child was killed when a dump truck in Westfield crashed into him as he rode his bicycle on Monday afternoon, May 20, 2013. Officers later identified the child as Michael Ryan, 7. They stated that he was riding with his mother when he was hit by a Moose Meadow Brook Excavation dump truck.The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Crown Street and Prospect Street. The details have not been made clear, but Ryan’s bicycle was hit by the front end of the dump truck, pinning him underneath and leaving him fatally injured. The accident is being investigated further, but it was unclear if any charges would be filed yet. The MSP is handling the accident along with the Westfield police.
Scene of the Accident
The details haven’t been made abundantly clear in this accident, but I think the best course of action here is to launch an immediate, in-depth investigation. Even if it seems obvious that the dump truck driver was at fault, the trucking company will probably go down without a fight, so to speak. In my experience, aggressive trucking companies know that the average citizen won’t have the resources to fight them and will therefore be very heavy-handed in putting blame on the accident’s victim. This allows them to reduce their own liability, mitigate their damages, and ultimately pay out less money. Abhorrent behavior like this is best fought with an aggressive investigation into the accident by an unbiased third-party.
– Grossman Law Offices