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Nun causes serious Newark pedestrian crash

A nun who lost control of her car hit two pedestrians in Essex County near Saint Lucy's Church and caused serious injury. The pedestrian accidents took place on 7th Avenue outside the church building just after a confirmation ceremony when about 700 people were inside the building. The nun ran over two women and caused panic among hundreds inside the church who thought a bomb had exploded.

Surveillance cameras captured the black Honda driven by the nun as she pulled onto a pedestrian-only plaza. A security guard approached the car and instructed her to move, whereupon the nun pulled away and the security guard stopped her again. With the driver's door hanging open, she sped forward and hit the two women. She then collided with the side of the Community Center that is located next door to the church building.

The victims suffered broken bones and were transported to area hospitals. The nun was treated and released at an area hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. The videos also show dozens of people running back into the church, believing the noise of the crash was an explosion or gunshot. At this point, no charges appear to have been filed against the driver.

Those responsible for pedestrian crashes may be liable for damages to the victims. In this case, both the nun and the church may have responsibility depending on whether the car was owned by the diocese. The church could also be liable if the nun was engaged in church business at the time of the crash. A personal injury attorney may be able to help the victims recover payment for medical bills, pain and suffering and other costs.

Source: Newark Star Ledger, "Nun loses control of car, seriously injures two at Newark church", James Queally, May 06, 2013

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