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2-year-old killed in California semitrailer crash

A fun family trip to a youth baseball tournament in California ended in tragedy recently.

An Ewa Beach, Hawaii, family traveled to Fresno, California, to watch the oldest child in the family play in a summer tournament. Traveling on a two-lane highway in an SUV were two parents with their 2- and 4-year-old sons. The third son was traveling in a different car with teammates.

A relative said that despite the best efforts of the father, who was driving, to avoid a semitrailer, the SUV and the truck collided. The crash killed the 2-year-old, who was seated in the back-passenger seat. In front of him was his mother, who suffered significant injuries but since has been released from the hospital.

The father and the 4-year-old sustained minor injuries.

A family member started a GoFundMe page to help pay accident-related expenses, such as medical bills and the child's funeral. In the first 15 days, the fund raised $54,461.

It is unclear whether any charges will be filed against the truck driver or if the investigation into the accident has been finished.

This was a tragic accident that left a family without its youngest child. While the outpouring of support for the parents and extended family has been tremendous and undoubtedly appreciated, this family is likely to suffer for years to come.

No amount of money will bring back their little boy, but the family might be interest in consulting with a California attorney with experience in personal injury cases. Once the mother recovers enough to return to Hawaii, she likely will continue to need medical care. The entire family also could require ongoing counseling to cope with the loss of this precious little one.

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