Miami Car Crash Severs Teenager’s Leg

According to the Miami Herald, 17-year-old Palida Pongpluempitichai is at Memorial West Hospital recovering after a serious car accident caused her to lose part of her right leg. Doctors were unable to successfully reattach the leg after the Miami car crash and had to cut to above her knee.

The Florida injury collision happened on Wednesday as Pongpluempiticha, whose nickname is Monica, was giving a tour of Archbishop McCarthy High School to a group of eighth-graders from several Broward and Miami-Dade schools. The teenager was taking them to a bus when she was struck by a Toyota Corolla in the school parking lot. The driver of the car, Pembroke Pines resident Marie Baguidy, 71, was there to pick up her two grandkids when she lost control of her vehicle while backing up.

The auto accelerated and jumped onto the sidewalk. 15-year-old Aaron Herrera sustained a minor hand injury. Pongpluempitichai was flown to a Hollywood hospital. Several students saw the harrowing Miami pedestrian accident.

Catastrophic Injuries
As our Miami car accident lawyers have said in other blog posts, traffic crashes can result in catastrophic injuries that can be life-altering, costly, and even prove fatal. Examples of catastrophic injuries:

• Paralysis
• Paraplegia
• Quadriplegia
• Brain damage
• Coma
• Organ damage
• Crushed bones
• Head injuries
• Disfigurement
• Serious burns
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Internal injuries
• Severed limbs

Someone with a catastrophic injury may have to undergo numerous surgeries and other medical procedures, take prescription medications, undergo physical therapy and other rehabilitation services, and/or require round-the-clock care. This can take a financial toll on the victim and his/her family and friends.

Parents of Archbishop McCarthy teen who lost leg in car crash describe their daughter’s ordeal, Sun-Sentinel, October 29, 2010
Service held for teenage girl in horrific crash, October 21, 2010
Prayer Service Held for Teen Whose Leg Was Severed in Crash, NBC Miami, October 21, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Car Accidents with Pedestrians, Nolo
Florida Department of Transportation

Our Miami injury law firm has helped traffic crash victims throughout Southern Florida obtain financial recovery from the liable party or parties that caused the injury accident.