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Motor vehicle accidents: 3 dead in New Jersey

Three people are tragically dead following a serious single-vehicle accident in the late evening of June 9th. Two other people involved in the crash are hospitalized, and New Jersey police are trying to determine the cause of the crash. As with many motor vehicle accidents, charges may yet be filed against the driver, who was among the survivors of the fatal crash. 

According to the report, it appears the vehicle involved was headed east on Route 22 in Newark around 11 p.m. when the driver, a 19-year-old woman, reportedly lost control of the car. The vehicle crashed and caught fire, with two passengers, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, being ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. 

A 20-year-old was also ejected from the car and died the following day of his injuries at the hospital. The remaining two passengers, including the driver, are in critical condition as of this report. The accident is being investigated by the Essex County prosecutor's office, but the preliminary report suggests speed was not a factor in the crash. 

If the 19-year-old driver is determined to be materially responsible for the crash, she could face criminal charges for her role in the deaths of the three other passengers. Victims of motor vehicle accidents or their surviving family are entitled under New Jersey law to file personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits against her as well. These suits are not reliant on criminal convictions, or even charges, to be seen in civil court. 

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