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Motor vehicle accidents: Suspected drunk driver charged

A pedestrian was seriously hurt following a crash involving a suspected drunk driver, according to local sources. Police in Hoboken responded to the New Jersey car accident that nearly claimed the life of a 56-year-old man. Motor vehicle accidents involving intoxication can result in serious charges, but also require considerable investigation. The investigation into this incident is still underway as of this report. 

According to the information available, a 66-year-old Jersey City man was involved in an initial accident around 3 p.m. the afternoon of April 16. Reportedly, the man had fallen asleep at the wheel, and when a witness attempted to wake him, he sped off, striking another car before leaving the street and entering the sidewalk. A 56-year-old Brooklyn man was standing by the stop sign at the corner when the vehicle hit him. 

The pedestrian was seriously hurt and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The driver appeared to be unharmed and was taken into custody following the crash. Police believe the man was drunk, and will likely have ordered toxicology tests to validate their claim. They have charged him with DWI and second and third-degree assault by auto. 

If it can be proved in criminal court that the man was drunk at the time of the accident, he could face jail time for his crime. Even if no conviction is won, however, the injured man is entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other man in a New Jersey civil court. Motor vehicle accidents involving injuries are often handled in this way, separate from any criminal charges that are filed. 

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