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Motor vehicle accidents: Husband and wife die in New Jersey

A husband and wife have tragically lost their lives after their minivan was catapulted into a lake, according to local police. New Jersey authorities have not yet made any arrests in connection with the crash. However, as with most fatal motor vehicle accidents, this tragic incident is still being thoroughly investigated, and charges may yet be forthcoming. 

The accident report shows that a 52-year-old man and his 50-year-old wife were stopped in their minivan on northbound Route 130 and were waiting at a jughandle around 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Jan. 13 when the accident occurred. A 29-year-old man also traveling north in his sedan was apparently traveling at an "excessive" rate of speed, according police. The man lost control of his vehicle and smashed into the rear of the minivan. 

The force of the impact pushed the minivan over a guardrail, where it plummeted down an embankment and into a body of water connected to Olympia Lakes. Rescue personnel, including detachments of the local fire department, arrived on the scene and worked to free the couple from the submerged vehicle, but they were too late. Both occupants of the minivan were pronounced dead. The driver responsible for the crash has not been charged, but police have not ruled out intoxication as a possible factor, and a blood sample is currently being analyzed to determine the driver's blood alcohol content. 

Fatal motor vehicle accidents have the potential to result in criminal charges against one or more drivers. Once New Jersey authorities complete their investigation, they may choose to file such charges against the driver of the sedan in this case. Even if they do not, state law allows the families of the deceased victims to file wrongful death suits against him in civil court, offering police evidence of his material contribution to the crash to support their claim. 

Source:, "Victims ID'd in fatal crash that threw minivan into lake", Matt Gray, Jan. 14, 2018

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