Wednesday night, shortly after 8 p.m., the grandfather of a four (4) year old was backing out of the family’s driveway in Douglasville, Georgia when he accidentally ran over and killed his four (4) year old grandson, Messiah Huiel, in a tragic accident. It was reported that the grandfather, Robert Lee Huiel, did not see the boy due to thelow-light and rainy conditions. First responders on the scene tried to revive the boy with CPR before taking him to Wellstar Douglas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The preliminary investigation reports this to be a tragic accident. The Douglas Coroner, Randy Daniel, stated that, “My heart goes out to that entire family. They are all in our hearts and prayers. All of Douglas County needs to pray for these folks. They are going through the roughest time imaginable.” At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our hearts pour out to the Huiel family in this most tragic time.
I describe a similar incident in my website when a young girl who was sunbathing in her driveway was accidentally run over by her father as he was backing out of the driveway leaving her paralyzed. Pedestrian Accidents can occur anywhere; on the street, in a crosswalk, on a sidewalk, in a subdivision, on a private or public roadway, and, as this and other cases illustrate, in our own driveway. It is extremely important that we use the utmost safety on our roadways and watch for pedestrians, and that, likewise, pedestrians are mindful of drivers. This is a joint venture in which both the pedestrian and the driver must be mindful of each other to prevent senseless tragedies such as this one.