According to the police, the driver appears to have been drinking heavily. One of the two passengers riding with him was reportedly in serious condition. Both passengers were thrown from the vehicle in the rollover car accident that took place on New Jersey Route 17 North over the second weekend in July.
Local Bergen County police responded to the Saturday 2:30 a.m. call and found that the 33-year-old driver had struck a utility pole which caused his vehicle to rollover before coming to rest on its roof alongside the northbound side of the highway. One of the two passengers thrown from the vehicle, a 25-year-old man from Ramsey, suffered severe and life-threatening internal injuries. According to the police, the seriously injured man was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where he underwent immediate emergency surgery.
The other passenger, the seriously injured man's 23-year-old brother, was taken to the hospital for facial injuries. The driver was also hospitalized for unspecified injuries and, according to an investigation by the prosecutor's office, was determined to have been drinking heavily prior to the accident. A blood sample was taken from the driver for a toxicological report.
The driver was charged with DWI in addition to reckless driving and assault by auto -- his bail was set at $35,000. The two passengers may wish to push ahead with a personal injury claim against the driver charged with DWI in the rollover car accident. Drivers in New Jersey may be found liable for damages in the civil courts in cases when they are determined to be the cause of an accident due to their reckless or negligent driving.
Source: fios1news.com, "Ramsey man critically injured in rollover crash," July 15, 2013