You don't have to be on the street to be the victim of an auto accident. Sometimes you can be minding your own business indoors when it happens. Among five people injured in a crash on the afternoon of April 18 was a woman in a grocery store.
The accident occurred in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. According to authorities, a pick-up truck hit a sedan and then crashed into the store, pinning a woman inside against the wall. Surveillance video from the store captured the frightening event as the woman suddenly becomes hidden from view and a number of men come to her aid.
Four people in the sedan, including two children, were transported to area hospitals. The children were reportedly in good condition, but the adults were more seriously injured.
The 61-year-old woman in the store who was pinned by the truck was extricated by firefighters. She was reported to be in stable condition at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center.
Neither the pick-up truck driver nor any passengers in the truck suffered injuries. It was not reported what police believe caused the driver to crash into the other vehicle and then through the storefront.
According to an April 19 story on the website of radio station WLS, the 51-year-old driver of the truck received multiple citations. These include failure to yield, making an improper left turn, driving without insurance and failure to produce a driver's license. He is scheduled to appear next month in traffic court. It was not reported that any criminal charges have been filed against him.
Car accidents can cause emotional as well as physical trauma. Even if an at-fault driver is not charged with any criminal offenses, victims have every right to determine what their legal options are to get the financial help they need to cover medical expenses, lost wages and compensation for other harm.
Source: WMAQ -TV Chicago, "Woman Pinned By Pickup in Grocery Store Crash" No author given, Apr. 19, 2014