On Feb. 19, a 77-year-old Bayonne woman crashed her BMW SUV through the front door of the Wendy’s restaurant on Lefante Way at approximately 3:12 p.m. The SUV drove about ten feet into the interior of the restaurant, stopping just before hitting the back wall.
An 89-year-old man was the only person inside the restaurant that suffered serious injuries. According to a witness who was working at the restaurant’s cash register at the time of the accident, the man was waiting in line when the SUV slammed into him. She further stated that the car sent him flying into a wall, and then he was swept under the tires. Then, she said, the SUV landed on top of the man, so the woman backed off of him.
According to a hospital spokesperson, the injured man is in the intensive care unit at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health after having surgery that night. Police confirmed the fact that the only other person injured in the crash was a 12-year-old boy who had leg injuries. His medical status is currently unknown. The elderly woman at the wheel of the SUV was not under the influence nor did she intentionally harm anyone. She may have been trying to park the SUV when the accident occurred. To date, no charges or any summons have been issued, according to the Bayonne police. She was not injured in the crash.
A victim of serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident may need to pursue compensation via a lawsuit to help cover medical expenses, loss of work, and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can assist in determining how best to proceed.
Source: NJ.com, “89-year-old man in ‘critical condition’ after car slams into Wendy’s in Bayonne,” Jonathan Lin, Feb. 20, 2015