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Hit-and-run car accident results in New Jersey bicyclist's death

The New Jersey woman was a co-owner of a restaurant just a few blocks away from where she was struck down by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bicycle on a Thursday evening in June. She died four days later from the injuries she suffered in the fatal car accident. A candle and her picture remain as a memorial in the restaurant she co-owned.

The deceased Jersey City woman's husband spoke to a local television station about the mixed feelings of grief, sorrow, and anger that have swept through him since the day of the tragic accident. He can't understand why the driver who hit his wife just kept going and didn't stop to try and help her. The hit-and-run driver, who turned herself in to the police when it was announced that the accident victim had died, has been reported as saying she didn't know she had hit anything. The husband reacted strongly to the driver's statement when he heard of it -- the impact that took his wife's life was powerful enough for her to break the vehicle's windshield with her face.

The deceased woman's business partner can't believe that she won't be coming in to run the restaurant with him anymore. He plans to keep the restaurant open, though -- he feels it's what she would have wanted him to do. Meanwhile, the hit-and-run driver faces a serious charge for having left the scene of an accident which resulted in a death

In New Jersey, those who have lost a loved one through a vehicular accident may file against a driver for civil remedies in the form of a wrongful death suit. No amount of money, of course, can ever make up for the loss of a loved one who is killed in a tragic car accident such as the one that occurred recently in Jersey City. Monetary damages can, however, be awarded through a successfully litigated wrongful death suit to compensate for loss of support, expenses, and the emotional pain suffered through the tragic circumstances of a preventable death.

Source: abclocal.go.com, "Husband speaks after hit and run driver kills wife riding bicycle," Phil Lipof, June 26, 2013

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