A driver is being held in a New Jersey medical center on a bail of $1 million after being charged with multiple offenses in connection with a car accident that killed three people. According to a New Jersey State Police spokesman, the accident occurred on the entrance ramp from Route 1 south for southbound Interstate 95.
Reports suggest the driver lost control of his Volkswagen GTS and went up and over the divider curb. The vehicle then collided with a parked tractor-trailer and became wedged underneath. There were two female passengers in the back seat of the GTS. The two were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and both were ejected from the car. According to State Police, the women died at the scene. A third passenger was airlifted to a regional medical center where he later died from his injuries.
According to reports, the driver fled the scene on foot and went home where he was taken into custody by police. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, one count of assault by auto and two counts of death by auto. The charges are expected to be upgraded because of the death of the third passenger. Police have confirmed that the driver tested positive for alcohol in his blood but declined to reveal the exact test results.
When an intoxicated driver causes a fatal accident, he or she may be held liable to pay compensation to the victim’s family. A New Jersey personal injury attorney may work with the victim’s family to prepare and file a wrongful death lawsuit. The sudden loss of a loved one in a traffic accident may be overwhelming for a family, and the process of dealing with paperwork and insurance companies might add unnecessary stress. An attorney working with the families of car accident victims may be able to handle most of the paperwork required for a claim and might also represent the family in negotiations with the relevant insurance companies.
New Jersey 101.5, “Arrest Made in I-95 Triple Fatal Accident,” Dan Alexander, Dec. 12, 2013