78-Year-Old Man Crashes into Group of People at Framingham Auto Auction

An otherwise ordinary auto auction turned into a scene of chaos last week, when an elderly driver crashed a BMW into eight bystanders in Framingham. According to police, 78-year-old Herbert Sunshine was driving an SUV when the vehicle accelerated, hitting several vehicles before it crashed into a crowd of people at the ADESA Auction House on Western Avenue. Sunshine is a contract driver for the auction house.

One Victim Seriously Injured, Taken to Mass General by Helicopter

The accident, which occurred around 10 a.m. on Friday, resulted in one serious injury when a man became pinned under the SUV and a cinder block wall. Although the individual’s injuries were non-life threatening, they were serious enough to require a MedFlight helicopter to Mass General Hospital.  Sunshine’s wife, who was in the vehicle in front of him, was also injured, although not seriously. She, and each of the other victims, were taken to MetroWest Medical Center by ambulance. Sunshine, who was visibly shaken, was not injured.

One of the victims, Larry Proulx, told WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano, “As I spun around to see what was going on I don’t know if people hit me or a car hit me it all happened so fast.” Sunshine struck five parked vehicles before crashing into the group of people. The SUV finally came to a stop when it knocked over a cinder block interior wall. “People were running everywhere,” said Proulx. “I saw the car crash into a wall. I was just trying to run to get outside.”

It appears as though no charges will be filed against Sunshine.

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It may seem that some accidents are the result of sheer bad luck or an honest mistake. However, if you’ve been injured in any type of accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In the case above, the vehicle’s untimely acceleration could have been due to a faulty vehicle part, or numerous other preventable causes. Property owners and managers have a duty of care to ensure that no conditions exist on their premises that could potentially lead to the serious injury of a patron, attendee, or guest. This is known as premises liability.

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