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1 seriously injured in crash, driver faces charges

Ohio police report that an accident that occurred in Cleveland around 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 left one individual seriously injured. Police who responded to the accident said an 18-year-old woman driving an allegedly stolen SUV was speeding when she failed to stop at an intersection's stop sign. She then collided with a 29-year-old woman driving a sedan. Following this crash, the SUV drove over a curb and onto a sidewalk before smashing through an enclosed patio belonging to a bar. The vehicle then hit a 52-year-old man and came to a rest after smashing into the bar's front area.

A witness assisted the victim until emergency medical personnel arrived. An ambulance took the man to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for major injuries. His condition was described as serious one day after the incident. Paramedics also took the sedan driver and her passengers to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, law enforcement officials pursued the SUV driver and her three minor passengers as they tried to flee on foot. They were arrested and taken into custody. The driver went to jail, and the other three girls were placed in a detention center. The minors face unknown charges, and the driver was charged with receiving stolen property and felonious assault.

Following a serious car crash, if evidence exists from police reports and eyewitness accounts, for example, that proves a driver was at fault in the accident, the injured parties may be able to hold the driver liable for their accident-related damages. A local attorney may assist the plaintiffs with proving that the driver was negligent and filing separate personal injury claims.

Source: FOX 8 Cleveland, "Police: Woman crashes stolen jeep through bar, seriously injures one", Darcie Loreno and Allison Brown, September 06, 2014

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