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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.

Motor vehicle accidents: 8 hurt in New Jersey

A two-car accident near The College of New Jersey has sent eight people, including several students at the college, to local hospitals. As with many motor vehicle accidents, police are still in the process of investigating the specifics of this crash. However, it appears one of the drivers might be up on charges when the investigation is complete. 

According to preliminary reports, it appears that around 2 a.m. two cars carrying several passengers each collided head-on while traveling on Pennington Road. It is unclear at this time which of the drivers could be held responsible, but police believe one of the drivers may have crossed the center line, causing the accident. Police and emergency services responded rapidly after being notified by multiple 911 calls. 

Criminal defense: New Jersey woman faces theft charges

A woman in Trenton is facing serious charges along with her former boyfriend and a Marine veteran. The New Jersey trio are accused of duping GoFundMe donors out of donations. The woman and her former boyfriend have both retained criminal defense representation, though it is unclear whether the veteran accused in this case has done the same.

According to the report, the woman was a receptionist at the New Jersey Department of Transportation when she and her ex allegedly concocted a plan to work with a former Marine to create a GoFundMe webpage in his support. Authorities have said the trio created a "feel good" story involving the veteran giving the woman his last $20 to pay for gas. It is estimated the GoFundMe page raised some $400,000.

Criminal defense: New Jersey man faces DUI charges

A bizarre accident has led to charges being filed against a Berlin man, according to local sources. New Jersey police arrested the man after he reportedly got his car stuck on an electric pole guide wire. He is facing DUI charges. A court date is pending for the man, though it is unclear if he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

A photo of the incident was shared on social media by the police department, which depicts the car, believed to belong to the arrested man, hoisted by its front wheels into the air. In the attached caption, police confirmed the accident occurred near Hillcrest Shopping Center on Route 73. Police said they responded to witness calls about the unusual accident. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured in New Jersey

Three people were taken to local hospitals after a serious accident in Lawrence Township, according to local sources. The accident, which is believed to have involved several vehicles, took place on the morning of Oct. 3. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this crash is still under investigation by New Jersey authorities, who have not yet filed charges against any of the drivers involved. 

According to the accident report, a tractor-trailer rear-ended an SUV for reasons that have not yet been determined. This caused a chain reaction crash wherein the SUV then struck a second vehicle, which overturned and struck a third. All three vehicles suffered serious damage in the impacts. Video from the scene shows at least one vehicle overturned and completely totaled. 


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