A medical emergency is being blamed for a crash on the Upper East Side at 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to news sources. Both the driver and a bystander were injured when a car crashed into a Starbucks in Manhattan, New York. Police are still investigating the cause of the car accident, and no charges have been filed at this time.
Police and witnesses agree the vehicle was traveling southbound when the driver suddenly veered across the road, striking the front of the popular coffee franchise. A delivery worker was in the path of the vehicle at the time and, while he managed to throw himself out of the way and avoid major injury, he was still injured in the crash. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries currently described as minor.
The driver was also injured in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. Police have mentioned that some sort of medical emergency may have forced the driver to lose control of the vehicle, but they have not elaborated on what that may have been. For the moment, the case is still under investigation.
While a medical emergency may be considered reasonable grounds to dismiss potential charges against the driver involved in this car accident, New York officials may benefit from a closer look at the particulars of the incident. If the driver should have taken reasonable precautions due to a pre-existing medical condition, that driver could still be held responsible for his role in the crash. Depending on the extent of the delivery worker’s injuries, that worker may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in this case.
Source: abc7ny.com, “Car runs off road, striking Starbucks on Upper East Side in NYC; 2 injuries reported“, Kemberly Richardson, Aug. 10, 2015