Woman Who Lost Leg in NJ Trader Joe's Accident Heading Home for Holidays

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    Ruta Fiorino will be spending this Christmas at home with her family, not in a hospital after losing her leg when a car careened into a Trader Joe's, crushing her. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 23, 2013)

    A woman who lost her leg when a car careened into a New Jersey Trader Joe's in mid-November will have her Christmas wish come true when she returns home from the hospital for the holidays.

    Rita Fiorino was getting off her shift at the supermarket in Westwood when a car crashed into the store, severing her leg.

    "They asked me,'What's your goal?'" said Fiorino, referring to her doctors. "And I said, 'I want to be home for Christmas with my kids.'"

    Fiorino's three sons are excited to have their mother back.

    "We've missed her a lot," said 14-year-old Darren Fiorino.

    Her family has decorated their Hillsdale home and a wheelchair ramp was constructed outside by volunteers.

    Fiorino said the outpouring of love and support from her community has been "overwhelming."

    The driver of the car that hit Fiorino, described by witnesses an elderly woman, was pulling out of a handicapped parking spot when she lost control and drove into the store, police said.

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