A 42-year-old Union City man was killed in a New Jersey pedestrian accident that may have involved a drunk driver. According to a report by The Record, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Tonnelle Avenue at 51st Street in North Bergen. Officials say the man was crossing at a signaled intersection when a Toyota Sequoia SUV struck him. The victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after the collision. The 70-year-old Jersey City man behind the wheel was charged with driving while intoxicated and first-degree death by auto.
Under New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice 2C:11-5: “Criminal homicide constitutes vehicular homicide when it is caused by driving a vehicle or vessel recklessly.” Forms of reckless driving that can result in a death by auto charge include falling asleep at the wheel after not sleeping for 24 hours, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
The family of someone killed in a drunk driving accident can pursue financial compensation for their terrible losses by filing a wrongful death claim. Drunk drivers can be held accountable for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, and more. A skilled lawyer can help hold the at-fault party responsible in such cases.
The knowledgeable New Jersey fatal auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of helping families recover damages following a fatal crash. We provide free case evaluations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal DWI accident.