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Fundraising drive for woman critically injured by flying granite in that Public Garden crash involving the stolen pickup

Kamila Guimaraes

Kamila Guimaraes has a 9-year-old son and got married a little over two weeks ago. She was brought into Tufts Medical Center in critical condition on Thursday, and now faces a long road to recovery after being hit by flying granite when a pickup truck slammed into a pillar at Charles and Boylston Streets.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help her and her family.

A local man faces a variety of charges for the crash and the theft of the pickup police say he was driving.

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What a terrible world in which we live. A pedestrian needs to set up a GoFundMe page to receive adequate medical care after a driver caused injury. Disgusting.

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We spend billions on gas, roads etc but this family can’t pay their medical bills caused by a criminal driver. America values cars over people and it’s disgusting.

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How much did you give?

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Some of my five figure federal income tax payment would go to caring for people like this.

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We spend billions on soft drinks but... We spend billions on plane tickets but... We spend billions on meaningless entertainment but....Where are our Priorities??? We need Universal Health Care in this country but your fixation on the internal combustion engine just makes for hysterical takes.

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Why does car insurance exist, again? So victims of traffic violence can literally beg to pay their medical bills? SMH

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The perp is homeless, so I'm not sure what you would expect to recover from suing him.

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This is precisely the problem though, her medical insurance will try to deny it because it's a traffic accident. They'll say she needs sue the drivers insurance company or the driver. The driver as you said has no assets so even if she goes ahead with it and is awarded medical bills she'll never see that money. She could try to sue the car owner but it's not his fault. Maybe some lawyer could claim it was negligence leaving his keys in the car. That's not really an awesome outcome for anyone either and would take probably years to resolve. So at the end of the day she's stuck with the bill for something completely not her fault. A broken system indeed.

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But presumably the owner of the car had insurance.

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What's also sad is the state of homelessness and drug addiction in Boston. If you read the story, it was a homeless drug addict who stole the pickup and severely injured the pedestrian. A homeless addict who also has been known to flash children.

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thanks for updating this story. i hope she recovers well.

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Does the car owner's insurance provide coverage when the car is stolen?

The coverage for bodily injury could be as low as $20,000, which is a disgraceful law. But it's better than nothing.

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Does yours provide that type of coverage?

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A Stolen Car is not covered because it is being used without the consent of the owner. If the pedestrian has a vehicle or is listed as a driver on a policy then she may have some coverage under Part 3 (Compulsory) Bodily Injury caused by an uninsured auto and Part 12 (Optional) Bodily Injury cause by an under-insured auto.

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Do you carry this type of coverage?

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Generally no. The insurance provides coverage to the covered drivers, (including occasional drivers using the vehicle with the owner's permission). To extend coverage to someone who stole the car would, in effect, be forcing the owner (whose car was stolen) to be responsible for the actions of the thief. A potentially better solution would be to create an insurance pool (with, say, a $5 surcharge on all policies) for situations like this.

Or we could have have some kind of universal health insurance. We could call it Schmedicare for All, or something.

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The car was stolen, but since the owner (reportedly) left it parked with the engine running, I can imagine a claim being against the owner and his insurance policy.

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The MA auto policy has a “locked car warranty”. Coverage can be denied. (Doesn’t mean it will be however.)

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Well, https://www.lynchowens.com/blog/2017/march/stolen-u-haul-crash-in-revere... says even leaving the keys in the car isn't enough to make the car owner liable in Massachusetts.

This is a little unfortunate. While I wouldn't want to see the car owner face a big loss for damage done by a thief, everyone is required to have liability insurance, and I'd prefer if the insurance company covered the victim's costs.

If the victim (or thief) had insurance, that would probably provide some coverage. But this leaves car-free people who are hit by a stolen car out of luck.

In some places, such as Quebec, mandatory government-run car insurance covers *any* pedestrian or cyclist who is hurt by a car. That's a wonderful idea which would be a huge help for people who need it the most.

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Everyone can chip in a little for the poor lady. Takes 30 seconds.

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Single payer now. This is bullshit.

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She has no insurance. Says she needs help with rent and bills. Won’t be able to work for a while.

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Isn’t it mandatory to have insurance in MA?

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It is mandatory or else you must pay a penalty. I believe the penalty is less than 2k/year, so some people might choose to roll the dice since that's less than the annual cost for many medical plans.

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The goal moved up to $100,000, so I imagine there's some medical bills included in there, not just rent/bills.

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