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Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in New Jersey

A 34-year-old man from Mount Olive died following a two-vehicle crash in New Jersey recently. Law enforcement authorities responded in the early morning of Jan. 2, where they found one person injured and later pronounced him dead. As with most motor vehicle accidents, the investigation into this tragic crash is still underway, and for the moment, no charges have been filed. 

According to the accident report, one driver was in the process of turning left onto 206 Northbound when the accident occurred. For reasons that have yet to be determined, a southbound vehicle crashed headlong into the turning car after the vehicle passed into the driver's lane of travel. The driver of the turning vehicle was rushed to a local hospital via airlift, but was later pronounced dead of his injuries. 

The other man was uninjured in the crash. Police are still in the process of determining the exact nature and cause of the car accident, and they have not publicly identified either individual involved pending notification of next-of-kin for the deceased party. No further information was available from the Mount Olive Police Department or any other government agencies, including the Morris County Sheriff's Office and local fire departments. 

Depending on the outcome of the New Jersey police investigation, it is possible that the surviving driver could face criminal charges in the death of the other driver. Even if this is not the case, the families of victims of motor vehicle accidents are still permitted under state law to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. This suit would require evidence of material contribution to the accident in the form of negligence or recklessness. 

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