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Motor vehicle accidents: Woman and 2 children injured

A grandmother and her two young grandchildren were struck by a vehicle on Jan. 8, leaving the children in critical condition. New Jersey authorities are still trying to determine what caused the crash, and have not yet filed charges against the driver involved. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians must be carefully investigated before any charges are filed.

According to a witness on the scene, the 59-year-old grandmother was walking with the two children, one of whom was an infant she was pushing in a stroller, around 3 p.m. when the accident occurred. A vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Keyport woman reportedly struck a traffic sign and then jumped over the curb onto the sidewalk, striking the trio from behind. Accident reconstruction teams would later report that tire tracks stretched for a full block, suggesting speed may have been a factor in the crash.

The force of the impact destroyed the stroller and threw the bassinet into a nearby bush with the infant still strapped in. All three people were rushed to the hospital. The two children remain in critical condition, while the grandmother is listed as stable. The driver appeared to be unharmed in the crash. Police and accident reconstruction crews were on the scene for several hours following the crash.

Motor vehicle accidents that involve pedestrians can sometimes be the fault of either party, but in this situation, where the victims were walking on a sidewalk, it seems apparent the driver was responsible for the crash. Exactly what occurred remains to be seen, but even if New Jersey authorities decide not to file criminal charges against her, the family can sue for personal injury in civil court. Financial damages awarded to the family could go a long way toward providing medical care, especially for the injured children.

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