On behalf of Judy Albanese of Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
A man who was allegedly driving his vehicle while inebriated in Hunterdon County has been arrested by authorities after being involved in a fatal car accident. The 25-year-old man will be charged with two counts of second degree death by vehicle, three counts of fourth degree of assault by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving.
The accident happened last Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. along Rout 523 in Readington Township, New Jersey. According to police, a family of five was returning home after participating in an Easter celebration, when the allegedly drunk man drove into their vehicle head-on. A 75-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man died in the accident. Another 43-year-old man and a 5-year-old child survived the incident, but they were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. In addition, a 10-year-old girl possibly broke her femur.
According to a Hunterdon County Prosecutor, the incident is a tragedy and has changed the lives of the family in less than a second. the prosecutor offered sincere condolences to the family.
As of last reports the arrested man was at Somerset County Jail and being held on bail of $250,000. At this time, it is unknown whether he has obtained an attorney to represent him in the lawsuit. If convicted of the crimes he has been charged with, he could spend years in prison.
The criminal court proceedings of the at-fault driver in this case could produce valuable evidence for the family members who survived this accident. The evidence could be used against the driver in civil court to hold him financially accountable for wrongful death damages, in addition to holding him accountable for damages relating to the injuries suffered by the other family members.
Source: 6abc.com, “Grandparents killed in suspected DUI crash in Hunterdon Couty,” March 27, 2016