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Drunk driver hits emergency response van


A Massachusetts emergency response worker was injured after being hit by an apparent drunk driver in a BMW SUV. The car accident occurred while the victim was attempting to assist another driver who had broken down on the road. A state trooper who was at the scene and witnessed the accident reported that the 64-year-old Sudsbury man who was driving SUV smelled strongly of alcohol and did not recall being in an accident.

At approximately 11 p.m. on July 17, a driver broke down on the ramp from Route 9 onto the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham. When a state trooper pulled over to help, a MassDOT driver was called to the scene. As the MassDOT van was arriving, the departing trooper saw an SUV strike it from behind. According to the trooper, the driver of the SUV had been traveling at least 50 mph in the 25 mph zone.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the MassDOT vehicle suffered from arm, back and neck injuries. The driver of the BMW was also injured and reportedly had a lot of blood on his face. Both drivers were transported to MetroWest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The BMW driver was later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, obstructing an emergency vehicle and driving to endanger. He pleaded not guilty on Oct. 9 in the Framingham District Court; his pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 22.

Because they involve the spinal column, back and neck injuries can be very serious. In order to receive proper treatment for the injuries, the MassDOT driver may incur some large medical bills. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help the driver to seek compensation from the driver at fault. After gathering evidence of reckless driving, the lawyer may help the injured driver to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: The MetroWest Daily News, “Sudbury man charged in July crash in Framingham“, Norman Miller, October 10, 2013


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