Motor vehicle accidents: college student killed by drunk driver

A 20-year-old sophomore at a local college has died of injuries he sustained after a crash involving an impaired driver, according to local sources. The student, who was attending the College of New Jersey, was involved in a car accident on the early morning of Dec. 2. It is not clear from the report whether the other driver involved remains in police custody, or the details of the charges filed against that individual. In motor vehicle accidents predicated by impaired driving, however, charges are likely.

According to the accident report, the 20-year-old was struck by another vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man. The older driver apparently crossed the center line, striking the student's car head-on. A total of eight people were injured, four critically, in the accident. The student suffered severe head trauma and multiple broken bones, and was pronounced dead two and a half days after being admitted.

The details of how police handled the other driver were not included in this report, but officers say the driver was impaired at the time of the crash. The extent of that impairment, and the substances the man allegedly took, were also not mentioned. If he is charged with DUI and found guilty, he could face a prison sentence for his role in the fatal crash.

Even if, for some reason, New Jersey prosecutors choose not to file criminal charges against the allegedly intoxicated driver, the family of the deceased student will still have options available to them. In motor vehicle accidents causing a fatality, a family can sue the driver deemed responsible for wrongful death in a civil court setting. They are free to make use of any and all evidence provided by police to strengthen their claim.

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