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Driver who hit 9-year-old Phillies fan sentenced to a year in prison

Philadelphia readers may remember a sad story from a few months ago about a young Philadelphia Phillies fan who was hit by a car in San Francisco as he was attending a Phillies away game.

The 22-year driver who hit the 9-year-old boy in this car-pedestrian accident was recently sentenced to one year in prison, five months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The boy lacerated his liver, suffered a traumatic brain injury and broke his ankle, left leg ad pelvis. He is expected to recover fully, but traumatic brain injuries are not easy injuries to overcome and sometimes their lasting effects cannot be determined until much later.

When he was in the hospital recuperating, several Phillies team members paid him a visit to wish him well.

Although the young Phillies fan was in San Francisco when this accident happened, it should go without saying that something like this could just as easily happen here. There are inattentive drivers everywhere and sadly, people often get hurt as a result of the carelessness of those drivers.

If you are every injured in a car accident and you believe the other person was to blame, it may not be a bad idea to speak about the circumstances of the accident to an attorney. Oftentimes, personal injury lawyers can help their clients recoup their medical expensive and possibly obtain compensation for pain and suffering or lost wages.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Driver who struck young Phils fan gets 1 year," Bill Reed, April 12, 2012

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