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Van Hits Tourists On Resort Boardwalk

August 20, 1988

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A man who may have been suffering from diabetic shock drove a van more than two miles along Atlantic City’s Boardwalk on Friday, scattering tourists and injuring two pedestrians, police said.

The van, traveling nearly 30 mph, went more than 35 blocks before heading down a staircase, where police cars stopped the driver, said Atlantic City Patrolman Kirk Sutton Sr.

Police had tried to stop the van three times.

The driver, Adam R. Bailey, 27, of Sicklerville, is a diabetic, police said.

″I talked to his wife and supervisor and they both stated that he’s not a habitual drug user or anything like that,″ Sutton said. ″They’re church- going people, and his wife thinks he may have been in diabetic shock.″

The van first struck Juanita Sarmiento, 66, of New York City, who suffered bruises, the patrolman said. It then struck Anne Marie Kotlowski, 52, of North Arlington, who was dragged several feet, Sutton said. She suffered two fractured legs, a possible fractured hip and skull and lacerations on her forehead, he said.

Both women were in stable condition at the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Bailey was treated for a head injury.

He was charged with failing to comply with officers’ signals, resisting arrest, eluding police, illegally operating a vehicle on the Boardwalk, reckless driving and excessive speed, Sutton said.

Bailey was being held in the Atlantic City Jail on $7,500 bail, Sutton said.

Official vehicles that ordinarily travel along the Boardwalk must follow a 5 mph speed limit, Sutton said.

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