3-year-old, Lucas Grilli, is recovering after being hit by a car while trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 31, 2009. The driver hit him and ran, and that driver is still at large. This Utah hit-and-run pedestrian accident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. as the boy, 3-year-old Lucas Grilli, stepped out of a car to trick-or-treat. Thomas stepped out off the sidewalk and onto the street at 1340 N. 1200 West just as the car was driving by.
“When we saw him, we all screamed and tried to grab him,” said Grilli’s mother, Gloria Garica. “We couldn’t see who hit him. I just saw my boy . I heard a noice like his leg or something cracked, and he kind of rolled to the side of the road.” According to KSL news, the dark colored pickup stopped for a short time and then drove off. There was another witness but the he too was focused on Lucas and didn’t get a great look at the vehicle.
The boy was taken to Utah Valley Medical Center and then flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center. He broke his leg and his jaw but is expected to make a full recovery without surgery. Mrs. Garcia pleads for the person who hit Lucas to come forward and accept responsibility. Anyone with information on this Utah hit-and-run pedestrian accident is asked to contact Orem police at 801-229-7070.
Obviously, a motorist has the obligation to both drive safely as well as to stop if they have been involved in a collision, whether with another car or a human being. I hope that they can locate the person who hit him soon. In the meantime, Lucas Grilli’s parents should be making a claim through their own auto insurance. There is at least $3,000 available for medical bills and additional money, $20 per day, available to his parents that care for him following this pedestrian crash. Ultimately, if the driver of the other car cannot be found, his parents may be able to make an “un-insured” claim on their policy.
I would recommend that the parents contact an experienced auto pedestrian lawyer who can advise them on the options that are available to them. I wish young Lucas a speedy recovery.