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Motor vehicle accidents: Teen killed in single-vehicle crash

Gibbsboro was the site of tragedy on the early morning of Sept. 8 when a crash claimed a young life. New Jersey authorities in Camden County responded to the single-vehicle accident that killed a 17-year-old boy. Charges have not been filed against the driver at this time, but as with most fatal motor vehicle accidents, police say their investigation is ongoing. 

The report provided by police in the area did not give many details about the specifics of the crash. However, it has been confirmed that the accident took place around 1:30 a.m. on Clementon Road. Apparently an 18-year-old girl was operating a van with a 17-year-old male passenger in the vehicle. For reasons that have not yet been determined, the girl appeared to lose control of the van, which left the road and struck a utility pole.

The driver was not injured in the crash, but her passenger was pronounced dead of his injuries. Police have not mentioned whether either individual was wearing a seat belt, how fast they were going, or what factors they are considering as possible contributors to this accident. They have not ruled out recklessness, negligence or intoxication at this time. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and the relationship between driver and passenger has not been established. 

Should a New Jersey police investigation into the crash determine the driver was at fault through any of the possible contributing factors, she could face criminal charges. Motor vehicle accidents causing death are taken very seriously by state authorities. Even if no charges are filed, the family of the deceased boy may be able to sue the driver and/or anyone with ownership interest in the vehicle involved in the crash, for wrongful death. 

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