On Dec. 10, seven people suffered injuries after an alleged drunk driver drove her vehicle into a Forever 21 store in New York. Authorities stated that the driver, a 34-year-old Brooklyn resident, had a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit at the time.

Law enforcement officials stated that the woman was driving her Ford Mustang when she ran into the back end of an SUV on West 34th Street. It was believed that she attempted to flee the scene by putting her car into reverse, but hit a second vehicle in the process. Following the second collision, her vehicle reportedly jumped the curb and crashed into the store, running over several pedestrians. Six of the seven people were seriously injured.

The accused driver was charged the following day with criminal possession of a controlled substance after authorities found two crack pipes in the woman’s vehicle. Additionally, she was also charged with driving while intoxicated. The accused woman along with the other six who were injured in the incident was still being treated at Bellevue Hospital when the report was released.

Pedestrians may be at risk of suffering serious injuries in an accident even if they are using the sidewalks or crosswalks when available. Should a pedestrian accident occur due to a drunk driver, the injured individual may have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the accused party. An injured person may recoup the cost of any damages they sustained in the crash, which might include loss of income and pain and suffering in addition to medical bills.

Source: NBC New York, “Alleged drunk woman with crack pipe arrested after Mustand plows into Midtown Forever 21; 6 hurt“, Andrew Siff, December 11, 2014