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1 dead, 2 injured in car accident at New Jersey Farmers Market

A tragic accident can happen at any time or place. While this may not be a secret, most New Jersey residents might expect a bad situation to turn fatal on major highways or city streets. A farmer’s market might be one of the last places someone would expect to be involved in a car accident, let alone a fatal one.

According to authorities, an afternoon farmer’s market was preparing to close in Passaic County. Vendors were packing up their wares when a pickup truck plowed through some barricades shortly after 2 p.m. The 48-year-old male driver of the pickup was headed toward a group of people when two of them were struck by the pickup truck. Unfortunately, a third person, a 58-year-old woman was caught under the truck and dragged for nearly a half mile -- about three city blocks -- before the vehicle stopped.

The dragged woman died as a result of her injuries at the scene. The surviving injured victims were transported to a local hospital to be treated. The extent of their injuries and current condition are not known at this time.

As New Jersey authorities continue their investigation, one puzzling question regarding this car accident remains -- what happened? There were no visible signs of drugs or alcohol found at the scene. The family of the deceased woman who was dragged to her death may find those answers through the filing of a wrongful death claim against the driver, seeking a judgment for monetary damages for the death of their loved one. The injured people hit by the pickup truck are also within their rights to file personal injury claims seeking damages. If the driver of the pickup truck is found negligent, the courts may award financial damages typically seen in tragedies such as this.

Source: CBS New York, "Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Woman At NJ Farmers Market", , Aug. 11, 2014

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