Motor vehicle accidents: Pedestrian dead in New Jersey

A tragic accident claimed the life of a senior citizen in Roselle Park on the afternoon of June 12. New Jersey police have confirmed that a 78-year-old woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The driver involved in the accident is cooperating with police at this time, but as with many fatal motor vehicle accidents, this case is still under investigation by local authorities.

According to the accident report, the woman was walking in the borough of Roselle Park around 1:39 p.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck driven by an individual who has not been publicly identified by police at this time. Officers responding to the emergency call found the woman unconscious on the ground. First responders, including paramedics and EMS, performed lifesaving techniques on the woman in order to stabilize her. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

It is unclear at this time what caused the collision between the vehicle and the pedestrian. Officers did not arrest the driver, who remained at the scene after the crash and cooperated with police. However, police have not ruled out possible charges, and have asked the community to come forward with any eyewitness accounts in order to aid their investigation.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are sometimes just that, but often, they are predicated by driver error, including negligence and/or recklessness. If this is the case here, the driver could be criminally charged for his or her involvement in the accident. However, even if no charges are filed, New Jersey law allows for the woman's family to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in civil court. While no conviction is necessary for them to be rewarded damages from such a suit, they would still need to provide evidence of the driver's material contribution to the crash as dictated by driver error.

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