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Tragic truck collision in Walmart lot imperils 89-year-old woman

An elderly Lehigh Valley woman was fighting for her life at Reading Hospital after she was run over by a pickup truck in a Muhlenberg Township Walmart parking lot about 2 p.m. on Valentine's Day. A police officer indicated that the height of the woman in relation to the size of the pickup truck may have been a factor in the collision. As the 89-year-old victim crossed in front of the vehicle, the truck trampled her with both its front and rear wheels. The officer further indicated that it did not appear the driver placed his vehicle in park after the first contact with the woman.

Due to the severity of her injuries, the victim was placed in a medically induced coma at the hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. She was surrounded by her family, and friends noted the woman's kindness in running errands for other senior citizens locally. Although the police officer said it did not appear the truck driver was reckless, an accident report concerning the collision will presumably be forthcoming. No charges were filed in the immediate aftermath of the truck accident.

The focus of the victim's family is surely on her recovery from the tragic incident. They will also likely want to know exactly how the collision occurred. If evidence exists that the pickup driver or another party was negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the woman's injuries, a claim for financial compensation may be proper under Pennsylvania law. In Lehigh Valley and throughout the state, those who are seriously injured due to the negligence of others have the legal right to pursue monetary damages for their injuries as well as for any related pain and suffering.

Source: WFMZ.com, "Woman, 89, clings to life after accident," Dwayne Parker, Feb. 16, 2012

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