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Band students in parade run over by SUV

A school band was playing in a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores when an SUV plowed into them. A 73-year-old man was behind the wheel. A dozen students were injured in the crash. While most were treated at medical centers and then released, four were initially in critical condition -- though that number fell to three during the course of the reports. Some were brought to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Half of the students were in high school, and the others were in middle school. At least one had to be taken from the scene by helicopter.

The man driving the SUV was in the parade on behalf of the Military Officers Association of America. Police were quick to note that he was cooperating with them completely and they didn't think there was any element of criminal intent. They also said he had not been using drugs or drinking alcohol.

By all reports, it was simply an accident. The exact cause has not been released at this time, though more information may come out as the investigation continues. The police did say they had not initially filed charges against the driver.

That being said, even if no criminal charges are ever filed, that does not mean that a driver who causes a serious accident is not at fault and does not have any responsibility for what happened. In cases like this, it's important for the families of those who are injured to know what legal rights they may have to compensation, especially for serious injuries that require extended hospital stays.

Source: WKRG, "Car Drives into Crowd at Gulf Shores Parade," March 01, 2017

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