10 injured when car crashes into outdoor diners at Miami café

An accident at a Miami restaurant left 10 people injured on the afternoon of Oct. 4. The accident occurred when a car crashed into a group of tables outside a pizzeria at the corner of Northeast Second Avenue and 46th Street.

Police said that a Toyota Camry driven by a 71-year-old man was traveling in the southbound lane of Northeast Second Avenue and lost control of his vehicle. The car crashed into a pole and then continued onto the sidewalk where a crowd of people was dining outside the pizzeria. One witness described several victims lying still and face down on the ground. Everyone who was injured regained consciousness while ambulances transported them to hospitals.

Among the injured were two pregnant women. Ten victims, including two passengers in the Camry, were taken to area hospitals including Jackson Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Some of the victims were taken to JMH’s Ryder Trauma Center.

The Camry’s driver said that he was attempting to use the brake when he lost control of the car. He claimed he did not remember the moment of impact and that he was in shock immediately afterward. He suffered no injuries in the accident. Police believed that he was traveling in excess of the speed limit at the time of the crash and issued him two tickets. They were still investigating the accident at the time of reports.

Many drivers underestimate the danger of traveling at excessive speeds. The risk of causing an accident is especially serious in downtown areas where pedestrians congregate. Victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer severe injuries that may result in a lifetime of chronic pain and other disabilities requiring expensive, ongoing treatment. Personal injury attorneys can help victims recover compensation from negligent drivers for their injuries, medical bills and other damages.

Source: CBS Miami, “Witnesses: Out-Of-Control Car Slammed Into Outdoor Diners“, October 04, 2014