Amy Voorhees, a 27-year-old Evesham middle school teacher, was killed in a car accident at the intersection of Route 70 and Troth Road. According to an article in the Burlington County Times, Voorhees was on her way to work when her vehicle was struck by a pickup truck going east on the highway through the intersection. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
No charges have been filed yet against the driver of the pickup pending a police investigation. The news report says some people who witnessed the auto accident said the pickup truck ran the red light at the intersection and caused the collision. Police are still looking into whether that was true. Voorhees is reportedly the 11th motor vehicle fatality in Burlington County this year, according to New Jersey State Police statistics.
If it is determined that the driver of the pickup did run the red light, he could be held criminally liable for the accident and Voorhees’ death. The driver could also be held financially responsible to Voorhees’ family for their significant loss. They may be eligible to file a New Jersey wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Wrongful death claims compensate families of deceased victims who were injured because of someone else’s negligence. Typically, victims’ families receive compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other related damages.
If you have suffered a similar loss because of negligence or wrongdoing, please call an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free consultation. We have a successful track record with wrongful death claims and can assist you with your case.