Eight people were injured when a taxi driver crashed into a supermarket in Palm Beach.
Police said their initial investigation found the driver likely lost control of the vehicle and probably had not targeted the crowd.
FHP footage distributed on social media shows the driver, identified as a 28-year-old national of Kyrgyzstan, turning right as it passes traffic on a one-way street. He then accelerating when he reaches the packed sidewalk, traveling a few more feet before hitting the supermarket.
The driver then ditched his vehicle and attempted to run but was stopped by bystanders as he insisted, “It wasn’t me!’’ according to press reports.
A source told FHP that the driver fell asleep at the wheel and pressed the accelerator pedal by accident. Other reports indicated he may have been drunk.
At least five of the victims — the two from St. Lucie County, two from Palm Beach County and one Martin County were hospitalized. The St. Lucie health department said one of the victims was in serious condition and seven were in satisfactory condition. Specifics on their injuries were not immediately available.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving eight victims, which happened after a vehicle crashed into a grocery store. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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