Taxi Cab Veers Into Several
Pedestrians In Front of a Popular Nightclub
On February 12, 2011, a taxicab sprung on to the
sidewalk and hit several pedestrians standing close to a
popular nightclub in San Diego, Ca. The 52-year-old
driver fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his
vehicle. At the time of the accident, the nightclub was
closing and many people were exiting the establishment.
The vehicle was traveling 15 miles per hour on the road
before it jumped the curb and veered into the crowd.
People were screaming, shouting, and yelling as they
were struck and run over by the taxicab.
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This incident led to 25 people being injured and 23
people being hospitalized. Four victims were critically
wounded. One woman sustained a serious injury to her
lower leg, which was pinned against a wall during the
accident. The leg was severed and the woman went through
surgery to have it reattached. She also needed to have
reconstructive surgery between her knee and her ankle to
repair the fractures and tissue damage within her leg.
The other hospitalized individuals were treated for
cuts, bruises, and fractures. No fatal injuries occurred
during this incident.
Several nightclub patrons attacked the taxicab driver.
They dragged him out of his vehicle and began beating
him when they thought he was trying to leave the scene.
His injuries included two black eyes and a bloody,
broken nose. Several independent fights began to break
out as people poured into the streets. Police and
paramedics arrived within minutes and tried to take
control of the situation. Police broke up several fights
but no one was put in handcuffs besides the driver. The
taxicab driver was taken to the hospital treated for his
injuries. He was questioned and detained but never
formally arrested by the police.
Police checked the taxicab driver to see if he was under
the influence of any controlled substances. No drugs or
alcohol was found in his system. The driver admits to
taking anti-depressant medication, which may have
affected his awareness. He was also working long hours
to take care of his family members. The police said the
driver did not intentionally break any serious traffic
laws. He simply blacked out at the wheel, which is
something that can happen to anyone. The driver
apologized to the victims and their families and asked
them for forgiveness.
Several victims were looking for compensation from the
insurance companies for their injuries, including the
woman who had her leg severed. According to several news
reports, the womanís treatment costs could reach the
million dollar mark. After a full investigation was
performed, authorities stated the nightclub victims may
receive little to no compensation for their injuries.
Injury settlements can only be collected if the party
involved was at fault and has the money to pay every
victim. Since the taxi cab driver was not under the
influence of any controlled substance, he is not
responsible for the victimís hospital bills. Also, he
does not have the money to pay each victim and the
company he works for cannot be held responsible for the
accident. In this unfortunate incident, the victims had
to be responsible for their own injury costs.