Motor vehicle accidents: 2 pedestrians killed in New Jersey

A man and woman were tragically killed the evening of March 7 after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a road, according to local sources. The New Jersey residents were attempting to cross a road when they were hit by an SUV. As with many motor vehicle accidents, the intersection was shut down for hours while investigators worked to determine the cause of the crash. The driver has not yet been charged. 

According to reports, around 7:50 p.m., the 60-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife were attempting to cross an intersection at Memorial Parkway and Grand Avenue when the accident occurred. A 27-year-old man reportedly struck them with his SUV. The force of the impact was enough to severely injure both pedestrians. They were pronounced dead shortly thereafter. 

The driver did not suffer any injuries and remained on the scene, where it appears he cooperated with police. Police closed down the area until nearly midnight while accident reconstruction teams attempted to piece together the cause of the accident. Police have reached out to witnesses who may have information about the crash, as part of their ongoing investigation. 

Even if the driver is not charged with criminal infractions, many victims of motor vehicle accidents choose to seek out additional avenues to justice. New Jersey civil law allows the families of the deceased couple to file wrongful death suits against the driver in civil court. As long as they can provide substantive evidence of the driver's contribution to the crash, the court may choose to rule in their favor and extend financial damages to the grieving families. 

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