Many New Jersey drivers can vouch for the fact that just because someone has a driver's license does not mean he or she is an experienced driver. When inexperience is mixed with distraction, impairment or speeding, the results can be disastrous. A crucial error on the part of an 18-year-old driver might be what caused a recent car accident that killed the passenger and put the driver in the hospital.
According to the Ocean County Sheriff's Department, two Toms River teens were driving on Yellowbank Road at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 4. The Honda Accord came to a stop sign, and for whatever reason, did not stop. Instead, it plowed through the sign, hopped a curb and careened straight into a tree. The 19-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The teenage driver had to be cut out of the wreckage of the car before he could be transported by helicopter to a local hospital. He was listed as being in critical condition upon arrival at the hospital. His current condition in not known. No report was given about what factors, if any, contributed to this crash. So far, no charges have been filed.
New Jersey authorities continue their investigation into this fatal car accident while the family of the deceased victim grieves for the loss of their loved one. As time passes, the family might exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the Honda. Such an action may be filed regardless of whether any charges are filed against the driver.
Source: app.com, Passenger dies in Toms River crash, Gina Columbus and Brett Bodner, Feb. 8, 2014