• January 18, 2023

Child Killed, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA -- January 16, 2023, a child was killed and two others were injured following an accident involving a semi-truck.

Preliminary details said that the accident happened at around 1:25 p.m. along the 101 Freeway near Tujunga Avenue in the Valley Village area.

Officials said that a Land Rover was traveling along the northbound lanes of the 101 at the time. Ahead, it appears that a semi-truck merged from the shoulder, entering the path of the Land Rover. As a result, the vehicles collided, and the Land Rover overturned.

Child Killed, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, CA

Due to the collision, a 1-month-old child in the Land Rover sustained fatal injuries. Two adults in the vehicle were taken to area hospitals with injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Even as investigations continue, however, the few details available right now are concerning enough on their own—perhaps blood-boiling is a more accurate description. Is it true that this is all because a truck merged into the path of a vehicle on the freeway? Did a child lose their life because someone was being impatient or not paying attention? As a father, I just can't fathom the immense weight that comes with a loss this devastating. Even helping families in similar situations throughout the years does nothing to lessen the impact of such horrible events. I take pride in knowing those families were able to get some help, but it's even more important to me knowing those who wronged them faced consequences for their actions.

As such, I'm sure I am not alone in awaiting to hear what the consequences will be for the actions that robbed a child of their life and turned a family's world upside-down forever. Is this all just a reckless driver who deserves to be behind bars? Are they a symptom of more serious problems with a trucking company that continues to put other families at risk? Could there be highly unusual circumstances the driver couldn't avoid? Is this cell phone related? Has this driver been in trouble before? Did authorities check for drugs and alcohol? Was the crash survivable, but something wrong with the victims' vehicle or defects with a child seat failed to protect the victims?

I don't think anyone would disagree that a crash like this deserves as much attention as possible to ensure no details slip through the cracks. Bringing those details to light is a vital step toward holding people accountable for their actions. A slap on the wrist, a paltry fine, a wag of the finger—those likely don't rise to the level of devastation to those involved in this crash. Consequences must fit the wrongs that brought them on, and the wrongs here are immeasurable.


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