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Did a driver's negligence cause an entire community to mourn?

When a prominent figure in a community dies, the whole community often rallies in order to mourn that person's loss. If that person died as a result of someone's negligence, the loss can seem more tragic since the victim died before his or her time. A New Jersey community is currently facing this kind of loss after losing its school superintendent in a tragic accident.

It was around 6:15 a.m. on a Tuesday morning when the superintendent and his dog were out jogging. At the same time, a 17-year-old girl and student in the victim's school district was on her way to the high school she attends. She was supposed to be going on a trip with her class that day and was speeding so that she would not be late.

Sadly, she ended up hitting the superintendent and his dog. Neither the man nor his dog survived the injuries they suffered in the accident. At this time, police have not announced any charges or citations that the girl could face pending the outcome of the investigation. In the meantime, the school system shut down on that day in recognition of the loss of its leader. The mayor expressed his sadness at his personal loss and the loss for the Robbinsville community.

Whether the victim's widow decides to exercise her right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver and the owner of the vehicle is up to her. If she does decide to do so, she will need to present evidence to a New Jersey court establishing the driver's negligence. If successful, the court could consider awarding her damages to help with the unexpected financial losses incurred as a result of the death of her husband.

Source:, "Robbinsville school superintendent, dog killed while jogging; schools closed", April 19, 2016

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