A 36-year-old woman from Lowell, Massachusetts, is on trial this week for a Boston car accident that killed a member of a highway work crew and permanently injured another. According to the Lowell Sun, the accident happened early on December 1, 2009, along Route 3, outside Chelmsford.
Reports indicate the men were attempting to clean up a diesel fuel spill and had their backs turned to traffic when the woman ran through several lights, cones, and barriers in a 2001 Acura MDX crossover and struck the men. A 44-year-old New Hampshire worker died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, while another worker had his left leg amputated just below the knee along with two broken arms and an injured back.
The woman who caused the crash claimed the accident occurred after she suffered a seizure while at the wheel of the vehicle. While medical emergencies while driving sometimes excuse drivers from responsibility for causing crashes, the woman’s doctor was aware of her condition and instructed her not to drive. Records also show that on her driver’s test, the woman checked “no” to a question that asked if she suffered from a medical condition that could impede her ability to safely operate a vehicle.
The Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers hope the trial will bring some closure to the incident for the victims and their families.