Police in Mobile, Alabama, are still investigating what caused a 48-year-old man to drive his SUV off the road and into a dance school on May 13. However, it’s been reported that he suffered a medical emergency. Authorities haven’t disclosed the nature of his medical condition.
A 71-year-old woman was killed in the crash, and several of the young children attending the dance school were injured. However, none of them were seriously hurt. Authorities are calling that a “miracle” since they were in the path of the vehicle, which was traveling at about 30 miles per hour. The driver as well as his three passengers were also injured.
The county district attorney says that there’s no reason to believe that the driver was distracted or under the influence. However, he has a two-decade history of driving infractions including speeding, reckless diving, driving without insurance and driving on a revoked or suspended license.
Thus far, the driver hasn’t been arrested or charged with any crimes. The Mobile Police Department says that it’s still investigating the incident. When they are finished, it will be up to the Mobile County DA to determine whether to file charges.
If a crash is caused by a driver who suffers some type of medical emergency, such as a heart attack or seizure, it can make the process of attempting to hold him or her liable more complicated. However, if the person wasn’t licensed to drive, perhaps because of the medical condition, that could help the victims’ chances in court. It’s best to discuss the situation with an Alabama personal injury attorney to determine what your options are.
Source: AL.com, “Driver in Mobile dance school crash identified,” Jared Boyd, May 16, 2016