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Freak car accidents: SUV crashes into Wendy's, injures customers

Standing in line at a fast food restaurant does not sound like an activity that could be dangerously life-threatening. However, it turned out to be just that on Feb. 19 for an 89-year-old customer in a Wendy's restaurant in Bayonne. As he was standing in line, the elderly man was hit by a BMW SUV that crashed into the store and batted the man through the air into a back wall before mangling him under its tires after he fell to the ground. Car accidents in New Jersey are rarely as bizarre and spectacular as the one that transpired in the Bayonne Wendy's that day.

The driver of the BMW was 77-year-old female from Bayonne. She did not immediately respond to questions and seemed dazed after the accident in which she went uninjured. There were a number of minor injuries, with the main catastrophe being the elderly victim, who is reportedly in critical condition at a hospital.

Bayonne police reported that the driver was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time. They gave their opinion that she did not intentionally drive into the Wendy's with the intent to harm anyone.  If she had done so, she would be facing serious criminal charges.

The victims of car accidents in New Jersey are usually entitled to compensation for their injuries from those drivers who negligently caused the accidents. Here the driver was likely negligent in some respect in causing the accident. She could have fallen asleep and accelerated without knowing it. If she reports that the accelerator pedal became stuck and she too was a victim of a faulty product, then the victim may have a claim against BMW for product liability. At this point, it is all speculation that must wait to be clarified by the results of the investigation that is underway.

Source: nj.com, "Witness to car crash at Bayonne Wendy's: 'There was blood all over the wall'", Jonathan Lin, Feb. 20, 2015

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