Man in coma after being run down by car

It is not uncommon to see the occasional fender bender or other minor accidents in Philadelphia. It is, after all, human nature to make mistakes, and unfortunately this sometimes happens when one is behind the wheel of his or her car. However, when a person uses his or her car as a weapon in order to intentionally do harm to someone else, it crosses the line from an innocent mistake to malicious intent.

This seems to be the case for a 26-year-old student who used her car to run down a 25-year-old man recently. Prior to the incident, the woman had confronted a group of vandals who were putting graffiti on a wall near a public library. They allegedly attacked her, so the woman apparently decided to take justice in her own hands by trying to hit them with her car. Instead, she hit an innocent bystander.

The man was taken to the hospital where he remains in a coma in the intensive care unit with brain swelling and severe injuries to his head. Medical staff are unsure of the extent of his injuries, but say that he could suffer from paralysis, memory loss or brain damage. They will not know for sure until he comes out of his coma.

This man was unfortunately caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. His family would be well advised to consult with an attorney regarding his right to compensation for his medical bills and the pain and suffering inflicted on him as a result of the driver’s carelessness.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, “Friends recall aftermath of suspected hit-run crash that seriously hurt Oakland man,” David DeBolt, Oct. 10, 2013



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