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Criminal defense: Mother charged with murder

The mother of a New Jersey toddler who was found dead in the family home is now facing murder charges, according to local sources. Prosecutors in Camden County have confirmed the 41-year-old woman is facing multiple charges, including drug possession, child endangerment and murder. It is unclear whether she currently has criminal defense representation.

On May 10, the woman was apparently seen running and screaming for help while holding the 18-month-old child who was apparently unresponsive. When emergency personnel arrived, they found the child on the lawn of the family home. The child was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, but coroners and police believed the death to be suspicious.

Motor vehicle accidents: Student killed by alleged drunk driver

A 19-year-old star student tragically died the night of May 25 after being hit by a suspected drunk driver, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities reported the death of the student, who was a well-known figure in the Pakistani-American community thanks to her full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The driver believed responsible for her death is in police custody, though as with most motor vehicle accidents, this one remains under investigation.

According to the report, the woman was driving with her 15-year-old sister when the accident happened. She was driving in Old Bridge Township when a 28-year-old man believed to have been drunk behind the wheel crossed the center line and collided with her car head-on. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her sister was transported to a local hospital with injuries of unknown severity. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Teen dead in car crash

A teenager tragically died in a recent car wreck only a day after her senior prom, according to local sources. New Jersey police have confirmed the car accident, which also injured three other teenagers. As with many motor vehicle accidents, authorities are still trying to determine whether the crash was caused by driver error, and whether the driver should face criminal charges for the accident. 

According to the report, the 17-year-old girl was traveling back from a zoo trip with friends in Fredon Township when the accident occurred. Around 5:30 p.m., the 17-year-old male driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle, which left the road and overturned in the woods on the roadside. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel who arrived to administer aid. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Suspected drunk driver charged

A pedestrian was seriously hurt following a crash involving a suspected drunk driver, according to local sources. Police in Hoboken responded to the New Jersey car accident that nearly claimed the life of a 56-year-old man. Motor vehicle accidents involving intoxication can result in serious charges, but also require considerable investigation. The investigation into this incident is still underway as of this report. 

According to the information available, a 66-year-old Jersey City man was involved in an initial accident around 3 p.m. the afternoon of April 16. Reportedly, the man had fallen asleep at the wheel, and when a witness attempted to wake him, he sped off, striking another car before leaving the street and entering the sidewalk. A 56-year-old Brooklyn man was standing by the stop sign at the corner when the vehicle hit him. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Woman dead in New Jersey

A two-car crash in Gloucester County has left one person dead, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities have confirmed the death of a woman in an accident in Paulsboro. As with most motor vehicle accidents resulting in fatalities, the identity of the woman was being withheld pending the notification of her next-of-kin. 

The details of the crash are unclear at this time, but it was confirmed to have occurred at approximately 1:10 p.m. the afternoon of April 21. It appears two vehicles were involved, one driven by the victim and the other by an unknown person, with no passengers in either vehicle. The accident occurred in an intersection, and the force of the collision was enough to throw the victim from her vehicle before being pinned underneath it.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 pedestrians killed in New Jersey

A man and woman were tragically killed the evening of March 7 after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a road, according to local sources. The New Jersey residents were attempting to cross a road when they were hit by an SUV. As with many motor vehicle accidents, the intersection was shut down for hours while investigators worked to determine the cause of the crash. The driver has not yet been charged. 

According to reports, around 7:50 p.m., the 60-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife were attempting to cross an intersection at Memorial Parkway and Grand Avenue when the accident occurred. A 27-year-old man reportedly struck them with his SUV. The force of the impact was enough to severely injure both pedestrians. They were pronounced dead shortly thereafter. 

Personal injury lawsuit possible in New Jersey accident

A woman at a New Jersey car wash on Route 35 was badly injured in an accident on the afternoon of March 17, according to local sources. Police and rescue workers in Middletown responded to the accident that sent an employee of the car wash to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver involved in the accident has not yet been charged with an offense, but could face a personal injury lawsuit even if no criminal charges are filed. 

According to the limited information available in the report, a vehicle that had just been washed was leaving the wash bay to be dried when, for reasons unknown, it collided with a parked car. An unidentified female employee of the car wash somehow managed to become trapped between the moving vehicle and the parked vehicle, crushing her between the two cars. She suffered serious injuries, despite the moving car accelerating at a slow speed. 

New Jersey intersections often sites of motor vehicle accidents

New Jersey motorists and pedestrians would do well to exhibit extra caution when approaching intersections. These are high-risk areas for motor vehicle accidents. Many intersections are secured by traffic signals or pedestrian crosswalk lights; however, there is no guarantee that every person will adhere to traffic and safety regulations.

On a recent Friday, just after 8 p.m., a husband and wife were unknowingly crossing the street together for the last time. Before the couple safely made it to the other side of the road, a Jeep Grand Cherokee reportedly struck them. As is required by law, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene to cooperate in the preliminary investigation.

Motor vehicle accidents: Man charged in fatal crash in New Jersey

Authorities believe that a 29-year-old man was under the influence of opiates while behind the wheel at the time of a serious crash on Route 23 that claimed three lives. Authorities in New Jersey arrested the man, who is now charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto, among other accusations. As with most fatal motor vehicle accidents, this incident is still under investigation, and more charges could be forthcoming. 

According to police, the man may have been overdosing on opiates around 8:46 a.m. the morning of Feb. 19 when he crashed his car into several vehicles parked at a gas station. The man is believed to have been traveling at a high rate of speed, as three vehicles were struck and badly damaged. A 50-year-old man and his 17-year-old son, both of whom were occupants of one of the involved vehicles, were killed in the impact. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Pedestrian dead in New Jersey

A pedestrian is dead following a fatal crash in a parking lot, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities responded to the crash, which claimed the life of an elderly man. As with many motor vehicle accidents, the cause of this particular crash is still under investigation, and so far, no charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, the crash took place in the parking lot of a shopping center. A woman who has not been publicly identified by police reportedly struck a man who was walking through the lot before driving into a brick pillar. It is unclear at this time whether the accident was the result of driver error, negligence, recklessness or intoxication. 

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