A woman who was critically injured by a runaway Army Humvee at a Long Island bacon festival has undergone an arm amputation due to injuries she suffered in the accident.
According to the Associated Press, the accident happened Saturday, Sept. 23 when a Humvee the U.S. Army Reserve was displaying at the Long Island Bacon Bash apparently popped out of gear and careened 30 feet down a hill through throngs of people.
The U.S. Army Reserve says it is conducting an internal investigation of the accident.
“Everyone was running and screaming and we just wanted to make sure that she was okay,” witness Jessica Hansen told ABC7 New York.
The New York Daily News reported that the heavy military vehicle was parked on the slope when it began rolling, unmanned, through the crowd. The runaway Humvee came to a stop in a parking lot full of diners, pinning 46-year-old Suzette LaMonica against a food truck at the bottom the Pennysaver Amphitheater slope around 5 p.m.
Ms. LaMonica, a Brookhaven, New York resident, was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital. She underwent a surgical amputation this week after doctors determined the damage to her left arm below the elbow was irreparable. She also suffered injuries to legs and other parts of her body, the Suffolk County Police Department said, according to the New York Daily News.
Three other people were injured in the accident, although none apparently as serious as the amputation. The police said Richard Gherardi, 30, was inside the food truck when the Humvee slammed into it, splashing him with scalding cooking oil. Mr. Gherardi, who resides in East Hampton, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of burn injuries.
Two women sustained minor injuries in the accident but refused medical treatment.