DC Woman Injured when Car Crashes into her Hotel Room

By Peter DePaolis

A 77-year-old Washington, D.C. woman got an unusual wake-up call earlier this month while staying at a New Jersey Holiday Inn. At approximately 1:40 a.m., a car crashed through the window of her hotel room while she was sleeping. The accident trapped her between the car and the wall for about 20 minutes until rescue personnel freed her.

According to authorities, the 19-year-old driver of the 1999 Mercedes attempted to drive away after crashing through the hotel room window. Police stopped him and charged him with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Emergency responders transported the 77-year-old victim to a nearby hospital with only minor injuries.

The teenage driver was at the hotel after attending a prom earlier in the evening. Police are still investigating the accident.

Impaired drivers are responsible for thousands of auto crashes every year. Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney if you suffer injuries at the hands of an impaired or reckless driver. A skilled Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can tell you what to do after a car accident to help you toward a successful financial recovery for your injuries.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.