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Van Driver Crashes Into Diners Leaving 10 In Critical Condition

A van plowed into a group of people dining on a Martin County sidewalk, striking and injuring at least ten people.

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A witness told The Press the van jumped a curb and careened into a group of people eating outside a restaurant in a neighborhood in the city. The vehicle knocked down a white picket fence that served as a barrier between diners and pedestrians on the sidewalk.

“Everyone was eating, enjoying life and out of nowhere this van ran them over,” a witness said.

He said several victims were pinned under the van as panicked witnesses rush to pull them out. A man, who was the first person struck by the van, had severe head injuries, the witness said.

The victims included a 44-year-old man who suffered critical injuries, three who were seriously hurt and six others who were taken to the hospital in fair condition, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

An off-duty firefighter with the Martin County Fire Department was in the crowd and did not sustain major injuries, FHP said.

The driver came out of the van and appeared disoriented, the witness said. He jumped back into the van, prompting witnesses to hold him until authorities arrived at the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

An FHP spokesman said, the crash appeared to be an accident, adding that there was no indication the driver intentionally drove into the crowd.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. 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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