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Woman flees scene on foot after running over 3 pedestrians

Authorities say that on Aug. 18, a Massachusetts woman driving a Mercedes-Benz in downtown Boston struck three pedestrians, causing them to be pinned under her vehicle. Instead of attempting to help the victims, she fled from the scene. The accident occurred about noon when the 25-year-old woman driving a silver Mercedes-Benz failed to stop at a red light and struck three pedestrians who were walking in the crosswalk. She then exited the car and ran away, while the victims were partly trapped underneath the vehicle. However, several Good Samaritans at the scene immediately went to the vehicle, lifted it up and pulled the three individuals away. A few witnesses stayed with the victims until law enforcement officials and emergency medical personnel arrived. Several ambulances then took the injured pedestrians to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. With the help of several witnesses, authorities were able to find the Mercedes-Benz driver in a building near the accident scene and took her into custody. She was found to be driving without a license and is facing several charges including leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injury, using a motor vehicle without authority and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to police. Because they lack protection against the impact, pedestrians are highly susceptible to becoming severely injured after being struck by a vehicle. They may require years of costly therapy and rehabilitation. Pedestrians who suffer severe injuries because of a driver’s negligence might consider pursuing compensation for their accident-related losses via a personal injury lawsuit filed with the assistance of an attorney.Source: ABC News, “Good Samaritans Rescue 3 Pedestrians Trapped Under Car After They Were Run Over, Police Say”, Avianne Tan, Aug. 19, 2016

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