A New Jersey resident has been charged with assault by auto. The charge came the month following a car accident which left three Garden State residents injured, two of them seriously. The two seriously injured men, one of whom is the driver being charged, needed to be freed from their vehicle by fire department personnel after the head-on collision which occurred on the second Monday of July.
The 24-year-old man being charged was driving a 2001 Jeep when he crossed over the double yellow line and collided head-on with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Both drivers and the passenger in the Jeep were injured in the crash. The injuries suffered by the 22-year-old passenger in the Jeep were serious enough for him to remain hospitalized for five days.
According to the investigation that resulted in the charge of assault by auto, the driver of the Jeep failed to maintain control of his vehicle. The Traffic Safety Bureau officer investigating the crash found that there were no mechanical problems affecting the Jeep when the accident occurred. The determination of the investigation was that the man charged was driving both negligently and recklessly when the collision occurred.
In addition to the assault by auto charge, the driver of the Jeep was also issued summonses for careless and reckless driving. The two other men who were injured in the car accident may wish to push ahead with a personal injury claim against the driver being charged. In New Jersey, drivers may be found liable for damages in the civil courts when it is determined that they were the cause of an accident due to their negligent or reckless driving.
Source: mycentraljersey.com, "Somerset man charged with assault by auto in head-on collision in South Brunswick," Aug. 2, 2013