Motor vehicle accidents: 2 passengers killed in New Jersey crash

Two people lost their lives in a tragic crash in Jersey City in the early morning of Feb. 11, according to emergency services. It is not yet clear what events led to the two-car crash, but as with most motor vehicle accidents, New Jersey authorities are still investigating. They are actively seeking witnesses to the crash to aid in that investigation. 

So far, very little is known about the accident, which happened at approximately 3 a.m. on the day in question. Two vehicles were involved in a serious crash that saw both vehicles totaled and one flipped onto its roof. A 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both of whom were back-seat passengers in one of the two vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Both drivers and their front-seat passengers, none of whom who have been identified at this time, were rushed to a local medical center for injuries described as non life-threatening. Police have not determined if recklessness, negligence or intoxication were relevant factors in the crash, but they hope to have more answers as any witnesses come forward. So far, they have not filed charges against either driver. 

Motor vehicle accidents of this type are often avoidable tragedies, and in some cases, New Jersey authorities will file criminal charges. While this is not always the outcome, state law still affords recourse to victims and their families. Both wrongful death and personal injury suits can be filed against a driver or drivers when evidence of negligence exists, even in the absence of a criminal conviction or charge. 

Source: abc7ny.com, "Union City residents identified as victims of crash in Jersey City, New Jersey", Feb. 12, 2018

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