Motor vehicle accidents: student dead in New Jersey

A teenager has tragically lost her life following a head-on collision in Washington Township, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities confirmed the death of a teenage girl and the critical injury of a 6th-grade student and their grandfather. No charges have been filed at this time, but a GoFundMe has been set up to support the family of the deceased girl. Motor vehicle accidents of this type are always carefully investigated by New Jersey police, and this one is no exception. 

According to the limited information in the report, it appears that, at around 3:25 p.m. on the afternoon of Feb. 14, the two students were riding in a vehicle with their grandfather, a 65-year-old man, when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane. This prompted a crash between their vehicle and one driven by a 52-year-old Washington Township man. The force of the impact damaged both vehicles.

All three people in the wrong-way car were rushed to local hospitals with critical injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured, though his injuries are unknown at this time. The teenage girl injured in the crash was pronounced dead some two weeks later, and it has been confirmed she succumbed to the injuries she suffered during the crash. 

Of course, motor vehicle accidents leading to death are always tragic, but this is especially true in the case of a young person. The grandfather may face criminal charges if he is found to be materially responsible for the accident, but even if he does not, New Jersey law allows other legal options to the injured and the family of the victim. Regardless of their relationship, the girl's family is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the grandfather in civil court. The injured driver is entitled to file a personal injury suit in the same way. 

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