Basketball legend Charles Barkley offered to pay for the funeral expenses of three children who died in a carjacking related hit and run crash in North Philadelphia, reported CBS News (7.28.14).
Keiearra Williams, 15, Joseph Reed, 10 and Terrence Moore, 7, were killed when a stolen vehicle hit them on a sidewalk where they were selling fruit to support a local garden. Their mother, Keisha Williams, 34, was also injured. She was hospitalized in critical condition.
Two men were reported to have been charged in connection to the incident.
Barkley’s generous offer will likely be a great help for the family if they decide to accept it. Funerals can be expensive. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral in 2012 was $7,045. This cost did not account for a number of additional expenses that come with a traditional funeral service, such as cemetery, monument or marker costs.
Families with a loved one who was killed in a tragedy that was caused by the negligence of another person should consider filing a wrongful death claim. If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, his or her family may be legally entitled to receive compensation for funeral expenses from the party responsible for the death. While the compensation from a wrongful death claim cannot make up for the loss of a loved one, it can help the family recover.
New York State has a wrongful death statute, Estate Powers and Trust Law (EPTL), § 5-4.3 : NY Code – Section 5-4.3, which allows family members to recover damages in the event of a person’s death. This compensation may include “reasonable funeral expenses” in addition to “the reasonable expenses of medical aid, nursing and attention incident to the injury causing death.”
Charles Barkley is a former NBA player with the Philadelphia76ers and current analyst on the TNT network television program Inside the NBA.
The CBS News story is “DA: Sixers Legend Charles Barkley Offers To Pay For Funeral Of 3 Children Killed In Carjacking Crash.”