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New Jersey Wendy's crash critically injures 1

Two people were injured, one of them critically, after a car crashed into a fast-food restaurant in New Jersey on Feb. 19. Police believed that the woman driving the vehicle that struck the building was attempting to park it at the time of the accident.

The crash occurred around 3:10 p.m. at a Wendy's on Lefante Way in Bayonne. Photos from the scene showed a BMW SUV about 10 feet inside the restaurant, coming close to hitting the wall opposite from where it entered the building. An 89-year-old Bayonne man, who was inside the building at the time of the accident, suffered unspecified critical injuries. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, where staff performed surgery on the night of the accident. By Feb. 20, he was in the intensive care unit. Another victim, a 12-year-old boy, suffered minor leg injuries.

Police said that the BMW's driver, an elderly Bayonne resident, did not intentionally crash into the building. Investigators were unable to determine what caused the accident, but said that she was not impaired at the time. She had received no citations or summonses at the time of reports on Feb. 20.

Many people who have serious medical conditions must take medication or take other measures to manage their conditions so that they can safely drive. People with diabetes or other heart disease such as high blood pressure may become dizzy or weak or lose consciousness if they forget to take their medications, which can put other people in danger if they experience these symptoms while driving. People who suffer serious car accident injuries as a result of another person's medical emergency may be able to file personal injury claims to recover damages for their medical bills and other expenses they incurred after their accidents.

Source: NJ.com, "89-year-old man in 'critical condition' after car slams into Wendy's in Bayonne", Jonathan Lin, Feb. 20, 2015

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