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Van crashes through Georgia restaurant, kills man

According to the Cobb County Police Department, a 19-year-old man was killed and a 22-year-old restaurant employee injured when a van crashed through the front of a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. The accident happened on Feb. 6 around 4:50 p.m. at the restaurant located in Kennesaw.

Reportedly, a 67-year-old Woodstock woman driving a van jumped the curb and crashed into the front of the grill and bar. Police indicated she was attempting to park her vehicle at the time. They are uncertain what prompted her loss of control of the van. Upon entering the restaurant, the van struck the two victims.

A witness at the scene attempted to administer CPR to the male victim. He was transported via ambulance to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The female employee was also transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries deemed non-life-threatening. The driver was uninjured in the crash. The investigation was still ongoing at the time of the report, and it was unclear what charges the driver might end up facing for her role in causing the fatal accident.

When a fatal car accident is caused by a negligent driver, the family of the person who is wrongfully killed may be able to hold the driver civilly liable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Through such a lawsuit, the person and their insurance company may be responsible for paying damages to the family of those who are lost. Damages will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case; they may include medical expenses, lost current and future income, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, property losses, funeral expenses, bereavement counseling, lost inheritance rights and others. A personal injury attorney may be able to provide an assessment and file a claim.

Source: MyFOXAtlanta.com, "Man Killed When Van Crashes into Restaurant," George Franco, Feb. 6, 2015

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