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Motor vehicle accidents: 13-year-old killed in car crash

Tragedy struck Jackson Township on the evening of Oct. 1, when a 13-year-old boy lost his life in a car crash. New Jersey police are still putting together the particulars of how the car accident occurred, but they have reportedly not yet filed charges against the driver involved. As with many fatal motor vehicle accidents, this one will be under careful scrutiny until all the facts of the case can be confirmed. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it appears the boy was on a scooter, traveling on Farmingdale Road with two friends on bicycles when the accident occurred. For reasons that were not articulated, the boy somehow entered the path of a vehicle being driven by an individual from out of town. The crash critically injured the boy, who was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead roughly an hour later. 

Police say the driver has been cooperating with the preliminary stages of the investigation. Apparently, it is believed she was traveling below the speed limit posted for the area, but this does not necessarily abrogate her of responsibility in the accident. The investigation is ongoing at this time, and it does not appear the woman is in police custody. 

Motor vehicle accidents of this type can be influenced by a variety of factors, not just specific to the driver or victim. New Jersey authorities will continue to investigate this tragic crash until it is fully documented. Regardless, the family of the deceased boy may be entitled under state law to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her in civil court. Such civil claims are dependent on proof of negligence that either caused or materially contributed to the accident and death that resulted. Even if the boy is found to have been partially negligent, if the driver's negligence was greater than the boy's, recovery of damages may still be had.

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