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Woman seriously injured in an auto accident outside bar

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Friday, a crowd of people outside a New Jersey bar got a unwanted surprise. A woman drove into the crowd. Fortunately, no one was injured initially. However, by the time police arrived, a woman standing outside the bar suffered serious injuries in this bizarre auto accident.

The people at the scene would most likely not consider the woman's injuries an accident. After the 29-year-old woman driving the car stopped the vehicle, she backed up and struck the victim. The 20-year-old victim was stuck in and under the front of the vehicle, so the driver backed up to free her. She then put the car back into drive and ran over the woman again.

Fortunately, police arrived in time to prevent the driver from doing any more harm. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. A report of her condition was not available.

The driver refused to submit to a breath test to determine whether she was impaired. She was charged with DWI, assault by auto and refusing the breath test. She was also accused of aggravated assault and possessing a weapon. It is not known whether the woman is still in custody or was granted bail.

At present, what prompted the incident remains a mystery. While authorities attempt to determine the cause of the auto accident, the injured woman is likely amassing medical bills and incurring other damages. She may file a personal injury claim in a New Jersey civil court in an attempt to obtain an award of damages. Before such an award could be made, it will be necessary to provide appropriate evidence of negligence on the part of the driver.

Source: nj.com, "Trenton woman slams car into crowd outside bar, backs up to run over woman twice, police say", Keith Brown, Dec. 19, 2014

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