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Motor vehicle accidents: Child dies in fatal crash

An accident involving an Amazon Prime tractor-trailer and a second vehicle has left a 1-year-old boy dead, according to local sources. The tragic crash happened on the New Jersey Turnpike late on the night of June 26. Three adults suffered moderate injuries and have been hospitalized. For the moment, no charges have been filed, but as with many motor vehicle accidents, the police investigation is still underway. 

According to the police report, it appears the tractor-trailer struck the rear of a passenger vehicle around 11 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the turnpike. The cause of the collision is still unknown, but fire fighters from three different companies were called to the scene to assist. It took a crane to remove the tractor-trailer from on top of the car. 

Four people were traveling in the passenger vehicle at the time of the crash. A 1-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the hospital, while a 3-year-old boy was badly injured. The 24-year-old female driver and her 51-year-old female passenger both suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 53-year-old man, also suffered moderate injuries. Police have not commented publicly on whether they believe speed, recklessness or intoxication were factors. 

Obviously, motor vehicle accidents causing death are always tragic, even more so when the victim is a child. This is why the New Jersey police will continue to investigate the crash until a cause is determined. The tractor-trailer driver could face criminal charges, and separately, the family of the deceased child and the other injured parties are all entitled under state law to file civil suits as well. Wrongful death and personal injury suits are overseen by civil court and do not require criminal convictions to be won. 

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