Motor vehicle accidents: Student killed by alleged drunk driver

A 19-year-old star student tragically died the night of May 25 after being hit by a suspected drunk driver, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities reported the death of the student, who was a well-known figure in the Pakistani-American community thanks to her full scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The driver believed responsible for her death is in police custody, though as with most motor vehicle accidents, this one remains under investigation.

According to the report, the woman was driving with her 15-year-old sister when the accident happened. She was driving in Old Bridge Township when a 28-year-old man believed to have been drunk behind the wheel crossed the center line and collided with her car head-on. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her sister was transported to a local hospital with injuries of unknown severity. 

The other driver apparently attempted to flee the scene following the accident, but police apprehended him in short order. His condition is not known, but he is believed to remain in police custody. The charges against him are currently pending. 

Motor vehicle accidents predicated on drunk driving are especially tragic when driver error of this magnitude leads to a loss of life. If the man is found guilty of driving while intoxicated, he will be punished in accordance with New Jersey law. However, even if a conviction is not won in criminal court, the grieving family members are entitled to file a separate wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. The evidence used to support the criminal charges can also be offered to support a civil lawsuit. 

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