A passenger was killed in a New Jersey car accident that involved an underage drunk driver attempting to elude the authorities. According to a news report in Today’s Sunbeam, the fatal DUI collision occurred on Route 49 near Interstate 295 in Pennsville Township. Officials say a 19-year-old Camden man failed to stop for a traffic violation when he exited the Interstate and lost control of the vehicle. The car crashed into a tree on the passenger side and burst into flames.
Officials were able to free the teenage driver from the car, but the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver faces many charges including first-degree death by auto, aggravated manslaughter, eluding, and driving while intoxicated.
Under New Jersey law, drivers who are under the age of 21 can face DUI charges for having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 percent or greater. When an underage driver causes fatal injuries, he or she may face death by auto charges. Under New Jersey Code 2C:11-5, “Criminal homicide constitutes vehicular homicide when it is caused by driving a vehicle or vessel recklessly.”
The family of a deceased victim would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help them pursue compensation for the victim’s wrongful death. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages. Victims who suffer vehicle passenger injuries in New Jersey also have the right to pursue compensation when injured by a negligent driver.
The skilled Princeton drunk driving victim lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold at-fault motorists accountable for the damages they cause. We also have experience handling complicated cases where the at-fault driver was a friend or family member of the victim. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, please contact our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.