Nothing beats hearing the ice cream truck roll past home on a hot summer day, especially for children.
Tristan Barhorst died after a speeding car crashed into him on June 12, 2020. The boy had just bought a snack from an ice cream truck on the last day of school in Wallingford, Ct.
The ice cream truck driver claims he did not display the stop sign arm, and other safety features because it was still daytime.
Grieving mother Christi Carrano revealed her late son had just celebrated his father’s birthday in a backyard party. Tristan and a large group of children had heard the ice cream truck melody, so they quickly gathered in front of the property and waited to be served.
However, the truck parked on the opposite side of the street, forcing the children to cross the asphalt. When Tristan tried to return home, he did not see oncoming traffic due to the size of the truck.
“As he rounded back in front of the ice cream truck, a young driver went around the ice cream truck and struck our son,” Carrano said according to WTIC-TV.
BL understands the 17-year-old driver was traveling 40 mph in just a 25 mph zone at the time of impact.
The teenager stopped, remained at the scene, and was very upset and apologetic. The mother has since forgiven the driver and no charges were laid at the time of publication.
She successfully lobbied the Connecticut General Assembly to pass new rules that prohibit ice cream truck drivers from vending on the opposite side of the street. Drivers will also be required to use warning lights, stop signs, a crossing arm, and other safety equipment.
The Constitution State unanimously passed “Tristan’s Law” on July 1. Drivers who disobey the new rules will be fined after the Public Act No. 21-20 amendment takes effect on May 1, 2022.
The bill sets aside 1 percent of funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Priority Safety Programs to improve safety for frozen dessert truck patrons across the United States. Connecticut’s share will be $700,000 if the federal measure is approved and signed into law.
State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R), who proposed Tristan’s Law, believes the incidents “probably happen more than we realize.”
“We just do not hear about them because they do not have as tragic an outcome,” he said according to the Middletown Press. “When getting ice cream, kids need to be safe. It is our job to make sure they are safe.”