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3 passengers die in New Jersey car accident, driver charged

Most New Jersey motorists already know the inherent dangers of drinking and driving. One young driver is learning this lesson the hard way. Police have charged the 19-year-old man with the DUI related deaths of his three passengers that died in a tragic car accident.

According to authorities, this fatal accident occurred in Mercer County on Interstate 95 around 1 a.m. Authorities believe the driver was impaired when the vehicle crossed multiple lanes and jumped the center median. The car spun out of control before it slammed into a parked tractor-trailer. During the crash, one passenger was thrown from the vehicle and another was partially ejected. Both women suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The front seat passenger was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for what were described as "grave" injuries. He later died due to the injuries he suffered in this fatal car accident. The possibly impaired driver was also injured. He fled the scene, but police later tracked the young man to his cousin's house where police took him into custody. Authorities charged the driver with being intoxicated and the causing the death of three people.

At last report, the driver was under guard at an area hospital as he recovers from his injuries. If New Jersey prosecutors can prove that the driver is guilty of the crimes with which he was charged, then the families of the deceased passengers can use any conviction secured as evidence of his negligence in a wrongful death claim. Any monetary restitution awarded in connection with this car accident may help provide the families of the deceased some financial support to help cover the expenses associated with the loss of a loved one.

Source: abclocal.go.com, 3rd person dies after I-95 crash in Lawrence, N.J., No author, Dec. 12, 2013

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