A limousine passenger had an unusual ride last week in Los Angeles. NBC News reports that a Lincoln Town Car slammed into an exotic car shop in the Mid-City area last Wednesday. The passenger was critically injured but the limo driver fled the scene.
"The driver pulled the passenger out and basically put her on the sidewalk and walked away," an investigating detective told reporters.
The passenger was left bloody on the sidewalk as the limo driver fled. She was taken to a hospital with injuries to her legs, jaw and pelvis, but her personal injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
It is unclear what caused this particular accident, but driver fatigue or distraction may have played a role. Liability for accidents involving professional driving services is usually shared between the driver and the limo company. The passenger or her insurer will likely sue the limo company to reimburse her medical expenses and other damages.
"From what I hear, that's a livery service car," said the owner of the high-end car shop. "Someone who hires a professional limousine company - the driver should be alert at all times."
The owner added that several of his shop's exotic cars were damaged, including a car that was the only one of its kind in the country.
"We have some explaining to do to the customer tomorrow morning," the store owner said.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Passenger Left on Sidewalk After Limousine Crashes Into Exotic Car Shop," Jonathan Lloyd and Annette Arreola, May 16, 2012