Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured in New Jersey

A collision involving a yellow taxi and an SUV has claimed one life in New Jersey. Law enforcement authorities in Jersey City responded to the crash around 4:30 a.m. during the morning of Dec. 6. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this incident is still under investigation, and for now, no charges have been filed. 

According to the information provided in the report, the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision at Kennedy Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue. Witnesses said the vehicles collided at a high rate of speed in an intersection known to locals to be dangerous. The impact was sufficient to trap the two occupants of the SUV, requiring emergency services to extricate them. 

Of the two, a 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. A 32-year-old was badly injured, and is considered critical but stable. It was not reported which of them was driving the SUV. The 47-year-old male driver of the taxi is also considered critical but stable after suffering serious injuries in the collision. Police do not know at this time what precipitated the accident, but they have not publicly ruled out recklessness, negligence or even intoxication on the part of one or both drivers. 

Investigations into motor vehicle accidents can be very involved, as New Jersey authorities attempt to understand the specifics of the case in order to assign responsibility. In this situation, the driver or drivers deemed responsible for the crash could face criminal charges, although that would not apply to the individual who died as. criminal charges are not filed posthumously. Separately, state law allows an individual injured in a car accident to file a personal injury lawsuit through civil court, and any claims concerning an individual who has died can be filed against his or her estate.

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