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Tire crashes into car, kills Pennsylvania woman

A 19-year-old woman was traveling down a Pennsylvania highway late last month when suddenly the unthinkable happened. She was involved in a very unusual car crash. As she was driving on the highway, the tire flew off a Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction. The tire bounced on the roadway and flew over the concrete median separating the two sides of the road. It then crashed into the roof of the young woman's car.

The woman suffered serious injuries in this auto accident. Immediately following the accident, the woman's passenger was able to steer the car off the highway and to safety. Both the woman and her passenger were taken to a local hospital.

Sadly, the woman died from her injuries a day later. Her passenger was released from the hospital after being treated. The driver of the Jeep was not hurt in the accident.

State police are still investigating the unusual crash to determine exactly what happened.

While it is unclear why this accident happened, the root cause of many car crashes in Pennsylvania is negligence. Often times, this means negligent driving such as drunk driving or distracted driving. However, it could be as simple as not paying attention to the road or talking on a cell phone.

Sometimes, negligence can be more than just negligent driving. It can also mean negligent maintenance. For example, in this case, if the driver of the Jeep knew or should have known that the tire was not properly attached to the vehicle and the driver did not fix it, then negligence may have occurred. Likewise, if a negligent repair was made and the driver knowingly continued to drive the car, then negligence may have occurred.

If negligence of any kind occurred in this accident, then the driver of the Jeep could be personally liable for damages suffered by the victim's family or the passenger. This could include lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Pa. woman dies after being hit by tire on highway," Aug. 1, 2012

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