Motor vehicle accidents: 3 dead in New Jersey

Three people are tragically dead following a serious accident in Pennsville Township, according to local police sources. The head-on accident apparently involved two vehicles and claimed the lives of two women and a man. No charges are expected to be filed as the driver believed responsible was killed in the crash, but as with many motor vehicle accidents, this crash is still under investigation by New Jersey authorities.

According to the report, around 9 p.m. the night of Oct. 5 one vehicle was headed northbound in Pennsville when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lanes. A vehicle headed southbound was struck head-on, sending the driver and one passenger to the hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. Two children who were also in the car at the time were thankfully uninjured.

The driver and two passengers of the northbound vehicle, two women aged 74 and 60, as well as a 60-year-old man, were all killed in the impact. It is still not clear to police why the driver crossed the center line, but they have not ruled out driver error or negligence as possible causes. Their investigation is still underway, and the identities of all those involved are being protected in advance of notifying next-of-kin.

Motor vehicle accidents causing injuries and fatalities are always tragic, particularly if they could have been avoided. It will be up to New Jersey investigators to determine the reason why the driver of the northbound vehicle changed lanes. While criminal charges are not filed posthumously, the families of the deceased passengers as well as the injured parties in the other vehicle are all entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against the driver's estate, as well as anyone else with ownership interest in the vehicle. Proof of driver negligence will be necessary if the court is to award damages to the plaintiffs.

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