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Drunk driver jumps curb and hits 5 pedestrians

On Dec. 10, a drunk driving accident in New York City injured seven people including the driver believed to be responsible. The accident took place in Herald Square at about 9:50 p.m. when the 34-year-old driver jumped a curb on 34th Street. Five pedestrians were struck, and a passenger in the accused woman's vehicle was also injured.

According to investigators, the pedestrian accident began when the driver was headed eastbound on West 34th Street in a Mustang convertible. After rear-ending a Subaru SUV, the driver tried to perform a U-turn against traffic and ended up colliding head on with a Chevrolet Impala. The impact caused the Mustang to travel backwards, hit a taxicab, jump a curb and then crash into the window of a clothing store.

Among the pedestrians who were struck, an 18-year-old woman was the most severely injured. She sustained a broken right leg, and her 21-year-old sister suffered cuts to her face. A 24-year-old man had leg injuries, while a 55-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman both had minor back and neck injuries. The driver allegedly at fault received several charges including driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operator, criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.

A person who has been injured in a pedestrian accident like this one may have an abundance of evidence available to them that can be used to file a personal injury claim. An attorney might be able to help a victim of this kind of accident gather eyewitness testimony, police reports and toxicology results. This evidence may be used to pursue compensation for monetary losses that were incurred as a result of the accident.

Source: WABC, "Car jumps curb in Herald Square injuring 6; driver arrested for DWI", December 08, 2014

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