Motor vehicle accidents: New Jersey man faces charges

A fatal car crash that claimed the life of a 32-year-old man has resulted in an arrest, according to local sources. New Jersey police say the car accident was predicated by the theft of a vehicle involved in the accident. The 26-year-old man behind the wheel of the allegedly stolen car has been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide, as well as charges related to the alleged theft. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this one is still under investigation. 

From the preliminary reports, it appears the 26-year-old man may have stolen a vehicle in Newark on the afternoon of March 21 before getting into an accident with another vehicle on a snowy street just after 2 p.m. The stolen car struck another vehicle, causing the death of a 32-year-old male passenger in the second car. The condition of that car's driver is unknown at this time. 

The driver of the stolen car, along with a 24-year-old passenger, have both been arrested. The driver faces the above charges, while the passenger is charged with resisting arrest as well as receiving stolen property. Both men were injured in the crash and are currently being overseen by medical staff. 

The charges filed against the driver bear potentially severe penalties under New Jersey law, and it is entirely possible this individual could face jail time for his role in this accident. However, motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death are also the purview of civil law. This means the family of the deceased man, as well as any other injured parties, are entitled to file civil suits against the driver apart from the criminal charges filed against him. Of course, if the driver did in fact steal the car, questions of insurance coverage may be complicated, prompting a need for the family's attorney to investigate underinsured or uninsured coverage through their own motor vehicle and/or homeowners insurance policies.

Source: nj.com, "Homicide charge after fatal head-on crash reduces cars to twists of metal", Chris Sheldon, March 21, 2018

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