A woman and her young granddaughter almost lost their lives in a car accident in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, reports say. The two were standing in a parking lot outside of a mall when a driver failed to notice them and ran them over. Both injured parties were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are reportedly in stable condition. Police did not arrest the driver, and charges may be filed following an investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. None of the parties involved have been publicly identified yet.
Those who witnessed the accident apparently told reporters that the grandmother saved her granddaughter’s life. The child’s age was not given in reports. The two were reportedly crossing the parking lot at the Royal Plaza North strip mall on Okeechobee Boulevard when the grandmother stopped to tie her shoe. At that moment, a vehicle turned the corner next to the two and ran them over, sources indicate. “The car just ran over her like it was running over a speed bump,” one witness reported.
In an effort to save her granddaughter, witnesses say the grandmother took action as soon as she saw the car approaching. She reportedly grabbed the girl, wrapped her in her arms, and rolled over to protect her from the oncoming vehicle. “That was the most courageous thing I’ve ever seen a woman do,” A witness told reporters after the accident. “She just took that child and pulled her underneath her – and the full weight of that car was on the lady.”
When emergency crews and police arrived, they air-rushed both victims to a nearby hospital. Reports described them as being conscious and alert as they were being transported. Sources say they are both expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the car later told police that she did not see the woman and the child when she struck them. She is reportedly cooperating with authorities and remained on the scene of the accident until police arrived. Officers reported that they did not arrest the driver, though they are unsure of whether she will face charges regarding the accident.
This was not the only accident that occurred Friday n Florida. Joan Craft of Punta Gorda, Florida was involved in a five-car crash in Palm Beach, sources say. Craft, 66, was crossing the intersection of Palm Beach Boulevard and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard when her car struck another vehicle driven by Ana Santiago-Feliciano of Fort Myers. Reports say the crash sparked a chain reaction of crashes with as many as three other vehicles. Feliciano, 64, and Craft were both taken to the hospital; the condition of the other drivers is unknown. Officers say that Craft is at fault for the wreck.
Sources say the accident occurred around 4:30 P.M., when Craft attempted to cross the median at the intersection of Palm Beach Boulevard and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard. Reports say her Hyundai Tiburon struck Feliciano’s Kia head on, causing a string of three other accidents. When officer and medical responders arrived, both Craft and the driver of the Kia were taken to a nearby hospital. Reports say that officers have launched an investigation into whether she was driving under the influence. It is unclear if any of the victims will pursue a possible lawsuit against Craft.