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Motor vehicle accidents: Woman killed in New Jersey crash

A two-car accident in Long Valley has resulted in a fatality, according to local law enforcement. New Jersey police in Washington Township responded to the accident that sent another individual to a local hospital with injuries. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this one is still under investigation, though it does not appear that charges will be filed against the surviving driver. 

According to the accident report, around 9:30 a.m. the morning of May 31, a 51-year-old woman traveling on Schooley's Mountain Road crossed the center line for reasons that have not yet been determined. As a result, she struck a vehicle being driven the other direction by a 36-year-old man from Newark. The force of the impact trapped the woman in her vehicle, where she needed to be extricated by first responders on the scene. 

The woman was unresponsive and was administered CPR. First responders also used a defibrillator in an attempt to revive her, and she was rushed to the hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later. The man suffered a broken arm and was also treated at a local hospital. It has yet to be determined why the woman crossed the center line, but police have not ruled out any potential cause at this time. 

In fatal motor vehicle accidents where one party clearly disobeyed the rules of the road, it is sometimes possible to file criminal charges. Of course, in this case, the woman believed responsible for the crash by New Jersey authorities died in the accident, so no criminal charges will be forthcoming. However, the injured man is still entitled to file a personal injury suit against her estate in civil court for the injuries he suffered in the crash. 

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