Investigators say a medical emergency suffered by the driver of a Toyota Sienna minivan caused the vehicle to propel forward into a restaurant on University Drive in Plantation, where several diners were seated for lunch.
The crash was described as “low speed,” but the impact caused five people to suffer injuries. At least one of those was listed in serious condition at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Reporters detailed the skid marks still on the floor and blood still on the wall in the hours after the crash. The driver, who was downgraded from serious to stable condition, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to a local hospital. One witness reported the minivan came “zooming” past his table, and he rushed to aid his fellow patrons. He described one man as “badly hurt.”
Because authorities are indicating the cause of this crash may have been a medical emergency, it may be difficult for injury lawyers to prove negligence, which is critical to securing compensation from the driver of that van. It falls under the “sudden emergency doctrine” exception of liability.