Motor vehicle accidents: Driver charged in fatal crash

An unlicensed driver is facing charges after a car accident that killed a woman in Jersey City. New Jersey authorities arrested a 27-year-old woman after she turned herself in to police. So far, a court date has not been announced, but the woman was accompanied by her attorney, signaling that she had secured legal counsel for the upcoming court case. As in most motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death, the family of the deceased has several legal options available to them moving forward. 

According to Jersey City authorities, witnesses reported the single-vehicle crash around 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 28. Police say they found the vehicle rammed up against a metal guard rail with a passenger in the back seat of the car who had sustained serious injuries. The 24-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead by medical personnel a short time later. 

New Jersey prosecutors say the 27-year-old driver allegedly fled the scene of the accident on foot. However, she turned herself in the day after the crash. She was subsequently charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, driving without a license causing death, and death by auto. If she is found guilty, she will face serious penalties, likely including jail time. 

However, even if she is not convicted of the charges filed against her, the woman could still face legal censure. In motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death, injured parties and/or the families of the deceased are entitled to file lawsuits in civil court against the driver. Material evidence of her contribution to the crash is required if damages are to be awarded by the court. 

Source: usnews.com, "Unlicensed Driver Faces Charges in Crash That Killed Woman", Jan. 29, 2018

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