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Motor vehicle accidents: Crash kills 2 in New Jersey

Police are still trying to determine the cause of a serious accident that claimed two lives in Lodi on the morning of June 29. New Jersey authorities have not filed charges against the surviving driver in the two-car accident at this time. As with many motor vehicle accidents with no clear cause, police have not ruled out driver error, recklessness or even intoxication as possible factors in the crash. 

According to the limited information available in the report, it appears that two vehicles, a compact and a mid-sized sedan, collided outside a home just before 7 a.m. The force of the impact pushed the sedan onto the steps of the home itself. None of the victims of the accident have been publicly identified, pending notification of next-of-kin. 

The driver of the compact was killed instantly and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the same vehicle was rushed to a local hospital and was pronounced dead sometime later. The driver of the sedan was also taken to the same hospital but is listed as being in stable condition. Borough police are working with the fatal accident division of the local prosecutor's office to determine the cause and whether any charges will be filed. 

In fatal motor vehicle accidents, criminal charges do not usually come about if the driver responsible perished in the accident. Even if this is the case, the family of the deceased and any surviving injured parties are entitled under New Jersey law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against a driver or drivers found to be responsible for the accident. In cases where the materially responsible driver is killed, the same suit can be filed against his or her estate. 

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