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Police can not always prevent alcohol-related car accidents

Law enforcement officers patrol the roadways of New Jersey in an attempt to catch drunk drivers before they hurt anyone, including themselves. Unfortunately, police are not always able to prevent alcohol-related car accidents despite their valiant efforts. As a result, a significant number of innocent people are serious or fatally injured each year.

For example, an officer on patrol was heading south on Route 15 at approximately 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night when he was forced to take evasive action to avoid being involved in a head-on collision. The other vehicle involved was traveling north in the southbound lane. He quickly turned his vehicle around and began pursuing the wrong-way vehicle in the northbound lane.

Sadly, he was not able to reach the car before it collided head-on with another vehicle whose driver had no way of knowing what was headed toward him. The 22-year-old man died due to injuries he suffered in the impact. The woman who was driving the wrong-way vehicle reportedly suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Morristown Medical Center. She faces charges of driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide.

The investigation is ongoing. While the New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate, the family of the deceased victim may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the woman police believe was impaired at the time of the crash. If the evidence proves that the death of their loved one was caused by her negligence, the family may be awarded damages consistent with those seen in other alcohol-related car accidents.

Source:, "Woman charged with vehicular homicide, DWI in Sparta crash", Eric Obernauer, Dec. 10, 2015

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