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Three Children Orphaned at the Hands of a Distracted Driver


Thousands of people across the country, including celebrities like Justin Bieber, have rallied together to help support three young children orphaned after a fatal auto accident over the Fourth of July weekend.

The children, Peter 9, Aaron 8, and Willa 6, were returning home from vacationing in Colorado with their parents. The accident occurred around midnight on a two-lane highway with no highway lighting when a distracted driver veered into oncoming traffic slamming into their minivan head-on. Police believe the distracted driver was looking for a DVD at the time of the accident. Killed were both parents of the children and the wife of the distracted driver. Peter and Aaron suffered spinal cord injuries and are now paralyzed below the waist; they may never walk again. Willa suffered broken bones. The distracted driver suffered serious injuries; his one-year-old daughter escaped injuries.

Everyone in both vehicles was wearing a seatbelt, unfortunately it just wasn’t enough. Victims will have a long road to recovery in many ways. The pain of losing one’s parents never fades; the two boys may be paralyzed for life. A distracted driver must live with the consequences of his momentary inattentiveness. Multiple tragedies arose out of one incident.

The children are getting an outpouring of love and support as family members, friends, the community, celebrities, even strangers, near and far, come to their aid. This is only the beginning of a long road to recovery physically, emotionally, and financially. A campaign called “Show Your Hearts” allows those interested to donate online or with a text message. All donations go to the Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust. Lawsuit Financial just contributed online; it’s easy! To make a contribution to help fund the children’s ongoing needs, including medical rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological support and education, click here.

Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association as well as their ABA Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.


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  1. Avenger says:
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    Unfortunately a too frequent occurrence, often via cellphone usage or text-messaging. The daughter of a friend of mine was injured in a crash when she was rear-ended by a nitwit who was texting while driving.

    This sort of behaviour should result in total suspension of driving privileges, perhaps even prison time – that would deter this nonsense

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  3. Jenny Cohen says:
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    Does anyone know whether or not the at-fault driver of this horrific accident is going to be charged with criminally negligent homicide?
    There is nothing online about this man. It is sad that he incurred a loss as well, but he is still responsible for what he did and should pay the consequences. At minimum, he should not be allowed behind the wheel of a car!
    He is a prisoner in his own mind now- for life- we can bet- and that is painful in and of itself, but again, how come no one is talking about what will happen to him from a legal position?? I certainly hope people aren’t ” protecting” him after the atrocity he caused. As for ” looking for a DVD”- that is what HE told police. Chances are, given that he was going 75-80 mph, that is not true. He fell asleep or tried to pass another vehicle.
    God forbid this man can walk away from this crime without being accountable