An 8-year-old boy was killed in a collision involving two cars on a road in the Rochester area of N.Y. Four other people suffered injuries in the crash. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Kael Nicolisi of Chili, N.Y., was thrown from the back seat of the car in which he was riding, when it was struck by another vehicle.
Kael was declared dead at a hospital in Rochester. He would have reached age nine on February 24th. Officials revealed that the boy’s grandmother, age 63, was operating a vehicle that was also transporting his mother, age 35 and his cousin, age nine. Police said the driver of the other vehicle became distracted, and neglected to stop at the intersection.
Kael’s mother, Tiffany Nicolisi, and his cousin, Keith Nicolisi, suffered severe injuries, and were taken to the hospital. The two motorists sustained minor injuries.
According to https://www.distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, in 2014, 3,179 people lost their lives, and 431,000 people suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions in which one or more drivers were distracted. All kinds of distractions imperil the motorist, passenger and pedestrian. They include:
- Use of a cellphone or smartphone
- Consumption of food or beverages
- Speaking to passengers
- Reading material, such as maps
- Use of a GPS system
- Looking at a video
- Changing a radio station, CD player or MP3 player
If you were injured, or lost a loved one, in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of a distracted motorist, contact the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner.