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Las Vegas Girl in Coma Ticketed for Jaywalking

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By Jason Beahm on January 20, 2011 8:50 AM

Did you know that you can get cited for jaywalking even while you're in a coma? 

Takara Davis, 13, recently found that out, or more accurately, her parents did, after she was hit by a car after school. The incident left the Las Vegas girl in a coma suffering serious injuries, including bleeding from the brain. She was put into a medically induced coma at University Medical Center to prevent swelling of the brain, the New York Daily News reports.

While she was in a coma, a police officer arrived to issue her a ticket for jaywalking. And while it appears that Davis likely was jaywalking, her family is wondering whether it is moral or wise to issue infraction tickets to people after they experience such a serious trauma.

"If she was jaywalking, then she was jaywalking. But maybe you give it to me at a later time. Don't give it to me when they are rushing her into the operating room." The Las Vegas police department defended its officers saying their officers would never do anything deliberately insensitive

Which is a strange response. Didn't they just do something deliberately insensitive?

The Las Vegas girl in coma case has left some to speculate that the ticket was issued as a precautionary measure, in an attempt to prevent a lawsuit. But even that doesn't make sense.

The mere fact that a person is cited for jaywalking does not bar them from suing a driver. First of all, there is no guarantee that the person will be convicted, and even if they are, that alone will not bar a lawsuit in most states, Nevada being one. If you didn't know this already, just because someone is jaywalking doesn't mean you can't take them out at will.

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