On January 3, 2009 Dwain Allen, an 18-year-old Carteret resident was driving a stolen 2003 Lincoln Navigator south in the northbound lane of Industrial Avenue in Carteret when he crashed into a 2005 Kenworth tractor trailer. The tractor trailer was being operated by Keith Hoover, 48, of Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene of the Carteret auto accident.
Apparently the Navigator had been reported stolen about a week ago and was spotted by Rutgers University police on Neilson Street in New Brunswick early Saturday morning. Officers tried to pull the SUV over, but Allen sped off, authorities said.
Officers pursued the vehicle but Allen would not stop and he ultimately collided with Hoover’s truck.
If Keith Hoover, the operator of the tractor-trailer was injured in the New Jersey truck accident, he can seek compensation from a number of different areas. If he was working at the time, he may have Worker’s Compensation benefits available to him. He may be able to pursue Uninsured Motorist benefits from his own automobile insurance policy since the accident involved a stolen vehicle. The estate of Mr. Allen may be pursued for damages. The police may be responsible for an impermissible high speed pursuit. The owner of the stolen vehicle may bear some liability, depending on the specific facts of the theft.
In an accident such as this, it is imperative to call an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Lependorf & Silverstein offer free consultations to injured victims. Call us today at (609) 240-0040.