Life can change in an instant. One moment someone can be living a comfortable life, and before a person can even realize what happened, life is unrecognizable. A 15-year-old girl from the Atlanta area has learned this in a far too difficult way, losing her entire family in a horrific traffic accident.
The fatal accident involved many vehicles and claimed the life of the girl’s mother, her father and older sister. The teenager is now left to ponder how she is going to pick up the pieces of her life and try to cope with her pain.
To make matters even more complicated, the young girl and her family have been living in the United States illegally. Her parents came to the United States 12 years ago from Brazil on legal visas. However, those visas have since expired. She has been left with no financial support or medical insurance.
Fortunately, the teen has received help from her church. They have asked for donations on her behalf and are prepared to fight for her immigration status.
The accident happened in Florida and has made national news. Investigators suspect that smoke from a marsh fire and dense fog played a role in the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Investigators are trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set.
Although no amount of money can bring the girl’s family back, if someone is at fault for causing the massive car accident, the girl and any remaining family members may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. When people act irresponsibly and reckless, they should be held accountable.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Florida crash | Church pleads for help after tragedy,” Jan. 31 2012