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Alcohol suspected in fatal car accident on New Jersey Turnpike

The driver of what was determined by authorities to be a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike early one morning. At approximately 4:09 a.m., the Jetta careened into the back of a tractor-trailer. The car accident took the life of the passenger in the car.

The 25-year-old man was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Jetta. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the truck lanes on the turnpike when the crash occurred. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found the passenger near death. Within 30 minutes of the accident, he succumbed to the injuries he suffered and died from blunt force trauma, according to the medical examiner.

The New Jersey State Police reports that the 24-year-old driver is suspected of being intoxicated. Officers took him into custody, and he was booked. His bail was set at $250,000, and at last report, he had not been released. As the investigation continues, authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contract them.

The driver is charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide. As the criminal case proceeds, the family of the victim may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim. If prosecutors are able to secure a conviction against the allegedly intoxicated man, it may be offered as evidence of his negligence in any related civil action. A successfully litigated claim could lead to an award of damages that could alleviate the financial burdens placed on his family due to his premature death in this fatal car accident.

Source: nj.com, "Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge", Anthony G. Attrino, Oct. 19, 2014

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