In 2013 alone, more than 32,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accident. Thousands more were injured. These accidents are caused by a number of factors, including driver distraction, driver aggression and driver fatigue. Ultimately, every driver on the road has a duty to every other driver to operate their motor vehicle with a reasonable degree of care under the circumstances. When drivers fail to live up to this standard, and a crash results, the consequences can be devastating.
Jean Paul LaPierre was one of the first people to pull over at the site of a devastating multi-car crash on Interstate 93 in Canton, Massachusetts. A mother and son were trapped inside their Honda in the middle of the chain-reaction crash. The car was sandwiched between a van and a pick-up truck. LaPierre told CBS Boston that upon running towards the wreckage, he heard the sound of a baby crying. He and another man leaped into action to rescue the baby and put the mother at ease until rescuers could get to the scene. LaPierre says the one-year-old boy was deep inside the totaled vehicle, but his mother’s pleas inspired him to do whatever it took to free the child from his car seat and the vehicle. Eventually, the two Good Samaritans freed the baby from the car, allowing the EMTs to respond immediately upon arrival.
The boy was taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. In light of his injuries, a state trooper drove the ambulance to allow both EMTs to focus their attention on the child. The boy’s mother was eventually freed from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. The highway was closed briefly to allow a MedFlight rescue hospital to land. She was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Police are still investigating and have not yet determined the cause of the crash.
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