The death of any child is a horrible tragedy, but for four-year-old Breann Creer, who died while riding on the back of a motorcycle in L.A. on Tuesday, it seems a lack of sense from the driver was the root cause.
NBC Los Angeles reports that the pair was driving just before 11 a.m., both wearing helmets, when the semi truck in front of them made a sudden U-turn. Witnesses say the truck driver didn’t even realize there was an accident and continued to try and negotiate the turn, pulling forward and back with the motorcycle and its victim pinned underneath as onlookers screamed for him to stop.
The still unidentified man driving the motorcycle sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Investigators say the man was not related to the girl and it is still unclear how the two knew each other.
Cheri Slocumb, a witness to the crash, said, "I ran and checked the baby's pulse. There was nothing." Cheri said she remembers hearing the unidentified man urging the girl to breathe. "He kept saying, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry. Breathe, baby.'"
Unfortunately, Breann was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surprisingly, there are no age restrictions in California to ride a motorcycle, and as long as they are able to reach the back petals, they are able to ride. We hope this incident will gather attention of lawmakers and exemplify the necessity of such a simple law. Had that law been in place, Breann may still be with us.Our hearts go out to her family.