Folks in New Jersey can easily imagine how quickly and without warning an accident can happen. Busy lives include spending time out and about in restaurants, stores and other public places where the expectation of safety on the premises is reasonable. Sometimes, however, unsafe property conditions exist. Even if the potential hazards aren't realized until after a problem occurs, the responsibility for customer safety rests with the property owners.
If you're a New Jersey resident living near an urban area, chances are that you have had to run to catch a bus or train, at some point. Few of us consider that trying to catch a form of mass transit may be putting our life at risk. However, for one 64-year-old Camden woman, an attempt to hail a New Jersey Transit bus resulted in unspeakable tragedy.
The accident, which was witnessed by the woman's daughter, was described as extremely graphic. The circumstances of the accident were also bizarre. The woman, who was on her way to church and running across the road for the bus, waved her hand to catch the driver's attention. The driver visually acknowledged the woman, stopped, and then accelerated -- allegedly running a red light, and fatally striking the woman. Her traumatized daughter said that the accident severed her mother's leg upon impact, and that she was bleeding heavily from the back of her head. A police investigation is in progress.