Date registered: Jul 2004
Vehicle: 2005 E320 CDI, 1995 E300D, 2002 Avalanche
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Second person dies following car crash into hospital entrance (1 p.m.)
By The ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 16, 2007 12:57 PM
BROCKTON â€” A second person has died from injuries sustained when a car crashed into an entrance at the Brockton Hospital, authorities said tosday.
Susan Plante, 60, of East Bridgewater died on Monday night at a Boston hospital, according to the Plymouth district attorneyâ€™s office. She was a hospital employee.
A car driven by breast cancer patient Jane Berghold, 76, plowed through the entrance to the hospitalâ€™s Radiation Therapy Unit on Monday afternoon.
Dr. Mark Vasa, chief of radiation therapy, was struck and died at the scene. Witnesses say he was trying to push people out of the way when he was hit. Two others were injured.
Berghold said she was shaken and sick to her stomach about the accident.
â€śI donâ€™t know what happened. I donâ€™t recall much of anything. It all happened too fast,â€ť she told The Enterprise of Brockton.
She said she was diagnosed in April with breast cancer and was headed to the hospitalâ€™s radiation therapy center for a consultation.
The carâ€™s brakes, which had recently been worked on, appeared to fail, she said.
â€śI had gone in and I had to make a right turn, then I had to make a left turn, it was when I went to brake that the car just didnâ€™t stop,â€ť Berghold said.
Police are investigating whether mechanical failure or driver error was to blame for the accident. Berghold has not been charged.
Hmmmm. What do y'all think? Mechanical failure?