Motor vehicle accidents: pedestrian killed

Authorities in Clifton have reported a fatal accident that claimed the life of an unknown person. New Jersey police have confirmed that a pedestrian is dead after a collision. As with most fatal motor vehicle accidents, this one is still under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed.

Very little information is available about the specifics of the fatal collision, but it has been confirmed that the crash occurred on Route 3 the morning of Sept. 22. No details about the lead-up to the crash were presented in the report. However, the pedestrian (who has not been named publicly by police at this time, pending notification of next of kin) was pronounced dead after the accident.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, a 57-year-old individual who has also not been named, remained at the scene of the accident. This individual has not been charged with a crime and was not injured in the accident. Police say the driver is cooperating with the investigation, which does not preclude the potential for charges at a later time.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are judged based on the findings of the police investigation before any charges are filed. In this case, New Jersey authorities will work to determine if any fault lies with the driver. Whether or not criminal charges are filed against the driver, the family of the deceased pedestrian may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit in civil court. Evidence of the driver's material contribution to the accident would be required for such a suit to be filed.

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