2 Children Seriously Injured in Suspected DWI Crash on Main Street in Coon Rapids
Four people were injured – including two young children – after they were allegedly hit by a drunk driver on Main Street in Coon Rapids on Saturday, November 30.
The crash occurred on Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Main Street Northwest and Shenandoah Boulevard. A release from the Anoka Couty sheriff states that a Dodge Ram was traveling eastbound on Main Street and skidded sideways before crossing a center median and colliding head-on with a Toyota Camry.
Two other vehicles that were driving westbound on Main Street were also struck in the chain-reaction crash.
Four people were in the Toyota and three of the four suffered serious injuries – including a woman, a two-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl. A man in that vehicle suffered minor injuries and was released. The boy is in critical condition and the girl’s injuries are considered serious.
The injured individuals have been identified as 37-year-old Suresh SHrimant Pujari, 37-year-old Mamanta Patil Bovi, 2-year-old Guatam Pujari, and 5-year-old Sinchana Pujari.
54-year-old Pedro Ricardo Flores was arrested and is being held on suspicion of drunk driving and criminal vehicular operation. This crash remains under investigation by the Anoka County sheriff’s office, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Coon Rapids Police Department.
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Legal Rights of People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Minnesota
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving crash injury victims and their families and helps them recover the full financial compensation they’re entitled to. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of those who have been injured by drunk drivers in Minnesota:
Drunk driving crashes are often devastating for those injured and their family members. When a crash results in serious injuries, it’s important that these victims and families are aware of their legal rights. Securing adequate financial compensation allows families to make sure they can cover medical bills, lost wages, and other financial and personal difficulties caused by their injuries.
These victims can file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver, but the options for financial compensation don’t always end here. In Minnesota and many other states, there are some situations in which an alcohol vendor can be sued for illegally selling alcohol to someone who goes on to cause a drunk driving crash with injuries.
These alcohol vendor lawsuits are called dram shop claims. According to Minnesota’s dram shop law, an alcohol vendor can be sued for drunk driving injuries caused by a customer if the customer was either under 21 years of age or visibly intoxicated when the vendor served them alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in Minnesota, our drunk driving injury attorneys are prepared to help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.
The Intersection of Shenandoah Boulevard and Main Street in Coon Rapids, MN
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