This is a case where our Detroit Lakes personal injury law firm can help recover damages.
Two Detroit Lakes residents were seriously injured on Saturday, May 7 when a pickup truck crashed into the Lakes Inn motel where they were staying. They were trapped in the debris. Frank and Jacklyn Benninger, both 77 years old, were apparently resting in bed when the truck struck their motel room. Their room is the closest unit to the street in this 10 unit motel on West Lake Drive in Detroit Lakes.
A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HURT.
When the pickup truck left West Lake Drive and crashed into the building, it hit that unit in the worst possible place, said the motel owner. “That was the worst spot they could have been in the whole room,” he said, referring to their serious injuries.
Local police and firefighters, Becker County deputies, state troopers and medical personnel from Essentia Health St. Mary’s EMS all worked together to remove the Benningers from the debris. Both were transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes, then transferred to hospitals in Fargo.
The criminal complaint states that Frank Benninger had his spleen removed, had half a dozen broken ribs and had three broken vertebrae in his back. Jacklyn Benninger had a severed spinal cord and confirmed paralysis from the waist down. She also had a punctured lung, a punctured liver, and numerous fractured ribs.
ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA.
The pickup truck that hit the building drove off and left the scene, but witnesses gave police a description of the truck and the license plate number. While police units were responding to the crash, a Detroit Lakes police officer saw the suspect vehicle parked on Rossman Avenue at Reynolds Street. The officer immediately smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the driver, who appeared to be in a state of shock and confusion, according to Becker County District Court records.
Wade Olds, 53, of Detroit Lakes, was arrested and booked into the Becker County Jail for criminal vehicular operation, great bodily harm, and under the influence of alcohol. He is also accused of failing to stop after a collision that caused injury or death. Interviewed at the Becker County Jail, Olds told an officer he believes he reached down for something and the next thing he knew he hit something, but didn’t know what it was. He admitted he panicked and drove away, according to court records. Olds admitted to drinking earlier in the day, and admitted there might be marijuana in his system, but denied using it on the day of the crash.
SERIOUS, PAINFUL, PERMANENT INJURIES.
These are very serious, painful, and permanent injuries: a severed spinal cord and confirmed paralysis from the waist down, a punctured lung, a punctured liver, and numerous fractured ribs; spleen removed, half a dozen broken ribs and had three broken vertebrae in his back.
This is a case where our Detroit Lakes personal injury law firm can help. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can help.
Source: dl-online: https://www.dl-online.com/news/local/detroit-lakes-man-faces-multiple-charges-after-crashing-into-lakes-inn-seriously-injuring-2-people