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Teenage Driver Charged for Crashing into Bicyclist

Last month, a 16-year-old Jamaican Plain girl crashed into a 65-year-old cyclist while driving her mother's Dodge Caravan. According to the Boston Herald, the teenager dragged the bicyclist nearly 200 feet with the vehicle before leaving the scene. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said the victim suffered multiple broken bones and other injuries from the hit-and-run accident.

The 65-year-old also had a punctured lung and rib fractures that left him hospitalized for around three weeks. Massachusetts state troopers were able to find the 16-year-old after gathering information from those who saw the accident. Police officials located the van, which matched the descriptions given by witnesses, and said the juvenile supposedly confessed to being behind the wheel during the time of the accident.

Authorities brought the 16-year-old before the West Roxbury District Court and have her held on $2,000 bail. She faces charges for using a motor vehicle without permission, operating an automobile without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury. The court also prohibited the teen from using a motor vehicle.

It has not yet been determined whether the 65-year-old victim has considered filing a personal injury lawsuit to claim damages for his injuries and medical expenses. Still, the 16-year-old may need an experienced Boston personal injury lawyer to explain her rights and help her understand what legal options she has available if there is a civil suit that arises from this incident.

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