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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. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Massive bus crash kills 1, injures 20

A serious accident involving a transit bus and three cars has sent 20 people to the hospital and one to the morgue, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities responded to the crash that took place the evening of Jan. 24. Motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving multiple vehicles and/or causing fatalities, are carefully investigated by police before charges are filed. 

According to the information provided in the report, a bus carrying over 24 passengers was headed east on Interstate 80 in Morris County when the accident occurred. For some reason, the bus collided with three other vehicles, causing massive damage. One of the passengers on the bus, a 21-year-old woman, was ejected from the vehicle by the force of the impacts, landing in oncoming traffic. She was pronounced dead on the scene by arriving medical personnel. 

Motor vehicle accidents: Woman and 2 children injured

A grandmother and her two young grandchildren were struck by a vehicle on Jan. 8, leaving the children in critical condition. New Jersey authorities are still trying to determine what caused the crash, and have not yet filed charges against the driver involved. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians must be carefully investigated before any charges are filed.

According to a witness on the scene, the 59-year-old grandmother was walking with the two children, one of whom was an infant she was pushing in a stroller, around 3 p.m. when the accident occurred. A vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Keyport woman reportedly struck a traffic sign and then jumped over the curb onto the sidewalk, striking the trio from behind. Accident reconstruction teams would later report that tire tracks stretched for a full block, suggesting speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Did you fail a breathalyzer? The results may not be accurate

A cop recently pulled you over on suspicion of drunk driving. You took a breathalyzer-and you failed. Now, you face criminal charges for DUI or DWI. You probably feel fear-stricken by the consequences that a conviction could have on your future. Fortunately, your case is not over yet: breathalyzer tests are not always accurate, and you still have a chance to avoid a conviction.

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured in New Jersey

Three people, including an 8-year-old girl, were injured in a serious crash in Harrington Park. New Jersey authorities reported on this latest of motor vehicle accidents of the dangerous holiday season. So far, charges have not been filed against either driver involved, but the crash is still under investigation at this time. 

According to authorities, around 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, a minivan driven by a 34-year-old Norwood woman was traveling eastbound on Old Hook Road, when the driver crossed the double yellow line. This caused her vehicle to strike a westbound vehicle, driven by a 74-year-old man, head-on. The force of the impact threw an 8-year-old passenger in the minivan from her car seat. 

Motor vehicle accidents: college student killed by drunk driver

A 20-year-old sophomore at a local college has died of injuries he sustained after a crash involving an impaired driver, according to local sources. The student, who was attending the College of New Jersey, was involved in a car accident on the early morning of Dec. 2. It is not clear from the report whether the other driver involved remains in police custody, or the details of the charges filed against that individual. In motor vehicle accidents predicated by impaired driving, however, charges are likely.

According to the accident report, the 20-year-old was struck by another vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man. The older driver apparently crossed the center line, striking the student's car head-on. A total of eight people were injured, four critically, in the accident. The student suffered severe head trauma and multiple broken bones, and was pronounced dead two and a half days after being admitted.


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