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Motor vehicle accidents: Pedestrian dead in New Jersey

A tragic accident claimed the life of a senior citizen in Roselle Park on the afternoon of June 12. New Jersey police have confirmed that a 78-year-old woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The driver involved in the accident is cooperating with police at this time, but as with many fatal motor vehicle accidents, this case is still under investigation by local authorities.

According to the accident report, the woman was walking in the borough of Roselle Park around 1:39 p.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by an individual who has not been publicly identified by police at this time. Officers responding to the emergency call found the woman unconscious on the ground. First responders, including paramedics and EMS, performed lifesaving techniques on the woman in order to stabilize her. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Motor vehicle accidents: Woman killed in New Jersey crash

A two-car accident in Long Valley has resulted in a fatality, according to local law enforcement. New Jersey police in Washington Township responded to the accident that sent another individual to a local hospital with injuries. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this one is still under investigation, though it does not appear that charges will be filed against the surviving driver. 

According to the accident report, around 9:30 a.m. the morning of May 31, a 51-year-old woman traveling on Schooley's Mountain Road crossed the center line for reasons that have not yet been determined. As a result, she struck a vehicle being driven the other direction by a 36-year-old man from Newark. The force of the impact trapped the woman in her vehicle, where she needed to be extricated by first responders on the scene. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 dead in New Jersey crash

A bus driver with a history of suspended licenses is believed to be responsible for the crash of a school bus in Mt. Olive, according to local sources. The records of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission show the 77-year-old driver had his license suspended some 14 times over the course of his career, including for five motor vehicle accidents. It is not clear whether he will face charges for this most recent crash. 

According to the accident record, around 10:20 a.m. the morning of May 17, the driver was transporting 44 teachers and students from a local middle school to a field trip in the northwestern part of the state. Police believe he may have attempted to make an illegal U-turn on Interstate 80, which resulted in his bus colliding with a dump truck before overturning on the median. Photos of the accident show the bus completely separated from its chassis. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Several dead following crash

Authorities in Burlington County are still determining the cost of life in a two-vehicle crash that killed several people on the afternoon of May 5. New Jersey police say two pickup trucks were involved in the crash, which happened near U.S. Route 206. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this one is still being investigated, and so far, no charges have been filed. 

A representative for Eastampton Police offered little information to the public at press time, but did confirm that the area of the accident was shut down for several hours to facilitate the department's investigation into the fatal crash. Apparently, the crash happened at an intersection around 2:30 p.m. in Eastampton Township. Several fire and rescue teams, as well as police from neighboring counties and the state, responded to the massive crash that totaled both vehicles. 

New Jersey man avoids DUI with $1,600 Uber ride

With ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber and old-fashioned cabs available throughout New Jersey, there is no excuse to drive drunk. Sadly, having safe options to get home does not stop thousands of New Jerseyites from driving drunk every year. Sometimes, one of these negligent drinkers crashes a terrible car crash in which somebody gets severely hurt.

We’re happy every time someone chooses not to drink and drive, though few would go to the (accidental) extremes that a New Jersey man did recently. Perhaps due to some alcohol-related confusion with the app, the man ordered a $1,635 Uber ride and travelled across two states to get home.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 dead in New Jersey crash

Camden County was the site of tragedy in the early morning of April 21, according to state troopers. New Jersey State Police have confirmed that two people were killed in a car accident on Route 42, involving two vehicles and a dump truck. As with many motor vehicle accidents involving multiple vehicles, the investigation into this crash is still underway, and no charges have yet been filed. 

Police have reported that a vehicle heading into the northbound lanes of Route 42 collided with a dump truck. The force of the impact was enough to topple the truck onto its side, causing injury to the driver. The extent of the driver's injuries is unknown at this time. 

Motor vehicle accidents: New Jersey man dies after head-on crash

A man believed to have been traveling the wrong way on a state route is dead and another man has been taken to a local hospital following a head-on crash on Route 130. New Jersey police have confirmed the accident happened on April 6. As with most motor vehicle accidents resulting in a fatality, this incident is still under investigation by local police in North Brunswick. 

According to the limited information available in the current report, a 26-year-old local man appeared to have been traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 130 around 1:39 a.m. the morning in question. As a result, his vehicle collided with a vehicle traveling the correct direction. The force of the impact damaged both vehicles badly, to the point where one driver was trapped in his vehicle and had to be freed by emergency responders, including the local fire department. 

Motor vehicle accidents: New Jersey man faces charges

A fatal car crash that claimed the life of a 32-year-old man has resulted in an arrest, according to local sources. New Jersey police say the car accident was predicated by the theft of a vehicle involved in the accident. The 26-year-old man behind the wheel of the allegedly stolen car has been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide, as well as charges related to the alleged theft. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this one is still under investigation. 

From the preliminary reports, it appears the 26-year-old man may have stolen a vehicle in Newark on the afternoon of March 21 before getting into an accident with another vehicle on a snowy street just after 2 p.m. The stolen car struck another vehicle, causing the death of a 32-year-old male passenger in the second car. The condition of that car's driver is unknown at this time. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt in pileup in New Jersey

Police in Paterson are still investigating an accident that closed several lanes on Route 80 on the morning of March 8. New Jersey State Police troopers, who are often called to investigate motor vehicle accidents on state routes, worked for several hours to determine the cause of this crash. They have not yet filed any charges against any of the three drivers involved in the accident. 

According to the report, around 7:15 a.m. a transport truck, pickup truck and minivan all collided near exit 59. The cause of this accident is still under investigation, and police have not ruled out several possible factors including negligence, recklessness, intoxication or weather conditions. The accident closed down both the left and center lanes, indicating massive damage done to the vehicles involved. 

New Jersey State Police dispatcher dies in highway accident

In a tragic irony, an employee of the New Jersey State Police who helped people involved in severe auto accidents was killed recently in a crash with a teenager. The woman, who worked as a dispatcher for the State Police, was only 26.

According to the Burlington County Times, the victim was driving to work the afternoon of Feb. 23. She was going north on Route 206 when a 17-year-old male failed to yield to traffic while trying to enter the highway. The teen crashed into the woman’s car, spinning it into the southbound lanes and into the path of a van, which also struck her.

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