Across New Hampshire, Market Basket locations have made the news recently for a variety of protest-related incidents. In several cases, news reports involved crimes committed around or during protests, and now the protests are making news again due to a car accident that occurred outside of a Market Basket location on July 31.
According to reports, the accident involved a 12-year-old girl. The child was reportedly sitting near or in the parking lot at the time of the incident. She was on a grassy area; allegedly, a group was protesting there at the time.
Reportedly, the driver of a car in the parking lot or near the lot lost control of the vehicle. The car then jumped the curb of the grassy area. It struck the child, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. The driver was reportedly brought to a hospital as well.
Authorities are still investigating the incident. In a case where a driver hits a pedestrian or bystander, it's not always the driver's fault. However, if a driver is in any way negligent in the accident, the victim or family members of the victim have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses or other damages sustained in the accident.
The Market Basket incident does bring up a valuable consideration for drivers and others. When groups are gathered for any reason near roads and parking lots -- whether for protests, parades or other events -- extra care should be taken by all. In the confusion of a crowd, it can be easy for accident to occur whether someone is negligent or not.
Source: NECN, "Child Hit by Car During Market Basket Protest" Kaitlin Flanigan, Jul. 31, 2014