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Motor vehicle accidents: 5 dead in New Jersey

A horrific accident claimed five lives, including that of a toddler, on the evening of May 17, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities have not released the names of the deceased, pending notification of their next-of-kin, and as with many motor vehicle accidents, their investigation is not yet complete. However, they have stated they do not believe any criminal activity led to the crash. 

According to the limited information available, it appears that, at around 11 p.m., an SUV was heading westbound on Route 3 when the accident occurred. For reasons currently unknown, the SUV struck a front-end loader, which was moving at the time. The driver of the construction vehicle was uninjured in the crash and has cooperated with authorities on the scene. 

Unfortunately, the SUV was totalled in the crash. Three women and a man of indeterminate age were all pronounced dead at the scene. The toddler was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead some time later. Police have not identified everyone involved in the crash at this time, nor have they determined the relationship between the people in the car. As the driver was killed in the accident, no charges would be filed even if criminal activity was suspected. 

However, this does not mean the victims of motor vehicle accidents do not have other legal options available to them. The state of New Jersey allows victims or their families to file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits against a driver or that driver's estate. This is true even if the victims share a familial relationship with the driver. 

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