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Motor vehicle accidents: New Jersey woman killed

A 29-year-old woman tragically lost her life in Woodbridge in the early morning of Nov. 25, according to local sources. State police confirmed the wrong-way crash took place on the New Jersey Turnpike. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this tragedy is still under investigation, and for the moment, charges have not been filed. 

According to the accident report, around 1:46 a.m. the 29-year-old woman was traveling south on the Turnpike in Woodbridge Township when the accident occurred. It appears an SUV was traveling north in the southbound lanes by a driver whose identity was not disclosed in the initial media report about the crash. Why the driver was in the wrong lane is unknown at this time, but it resulted in a head-on crash with the woman's vehicle.

The force of the impact caused serious damage to both vehicles. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the other driver was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as serious. When asked whether drunk driving was a suspected cause of the crash, a state sergeant commented that nothing had yet been ruled out. The investigation on the scene caused the closure of the southbound lanes of the Turnpike for four hours while police collected evidence. 

Should New Jersey authorities determine drunk driving or other illegal conduct to be the cause of the crash, the surviving driver could face serious criminal penalties including loss of license and jail time. Motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death also fall under the purview of the civil court system, wherein the family of a deceased victim may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the driver(s) believed responsible for the crash. No criminal conviction is necessary for a suit of this type to be won, and evidence gathered by police can be offered to support the civil court claim. 

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