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Tamarac, Florida Pedestrian Injured in Crash

A Tamarac, Florida pedestrian was hit by a truck in front of a shopping plaza on Saturday, news sources report. The victim sustained critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Information regarding the victim’s and the driver’s identities was not immediately available following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident; so far, no charges have been filed.

According to reports, the accident occurred at a shopping plaza off Commercial Boulevard. The boulevard is a six-lane street that often experiences heavy traffic. At around 8:10 Saturday evening, the victim was walking on the sidewalk in front of the plaza; at the same time, a box truck was pulling out of the plaza. Sources say the victim walked into the path of the truck, and the truck ended up running over her.

The victim sustained serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. Reports say the victim was in critical condition following the accident, but is expected to make a recovery. Traffic Homicide detectives are currently investigating the crash and have not announced whether they intend to press charges.

Most, but not all, car-related health problems are from car crashes. For example, Justyn “Jay” Ambrozia of Pasco County nearly died from dehydration after he was trapped in his car for three days, sources say. Ambrozia, 90, broke his wrist during a shopping trip and was unable to open his car door after he pulled into his garage. He was found and rescued by a passerby three days later. Ambrozia received treatment at a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Reports say Ambrozia is a World War II veteran who had been drafted into the military following the Pearl Harbor bombings. He later served as a buck sergeant with the 30th Division of the 119th Infantry.

On April 30, Ambrozia was shopping at a local Publix supermarket when he slipped. He grabbed a shelf to steady himself, but it gave way and he crashed to the floor on his left side. Reports say Ambrozia broke his hip and left wrist in the fall.

Employees at the supermarket helped Ambrozia get to his car and he managed to drive himself home. However, once he had backed into his garage, Ambrozia realized the pain in his left wrist was too severe for him to open the car door. The battery in the car died shortly after, rendering him incapable of honking the horn.

Ambrozia was trapped with no water and only empty ice cream cones and cakes to eat. Ambrozia used the garage door remote to raise and lower the garage door in hopes of signaling a neighbor, but no help came.

Three days later, a passerby noticed Ambrozia trapped in his vehicle. “I can’t get out of my car,” Ambrozia shouted. “Can you help me?” The passerby, identified as Tim Weidman, dialed 911 and freed Ambrozia from his vehicle. Ambrozia is now recovering, and has a surprisingly positive outlook on his ordeal. “I can’t complain,” Ambrozia later said to reporters. “When something like this happens, it happens.”

Sources: 5.13.13 Tamarac Collision.pdf, 5.13.13 Ambrozia Trapped.pdf.

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