Grandfather Charles Napier and his two 1 year old grandchildren were struck and killed when a car veered into them Sunday in Florence, KY. A third child and an aunt, Susan Elam, sustained injuries. The adults were pulling the children in wagons along Weaver Road when they were hit. The driver of the Chevy Malibu, Jessica Hood, 22, has not been arrested.
Since the crash, hundreds of residents have called for sidewalks along the road, which leads to the Empire business area and is known to be popular with pedestrians. This stretch of road has had an unusually high number of crashes in recent years.
An investigation by the police is ongoing. There is no indication as to what caused Ms. Hood to veer off the road. The police confiscated her cell phone as a matter of routine in order to investigate whether she was driving distracted.
Although it appears that driver error is to blame here, a full and complete investigation is required to determine whether other potential causes, like mechanical failure and defective equipment or parts, played any role. The survivors of this accident and the friends and family of those killed will want and deserve answers.