A 14-year-old boy from Washington Township, who was critically injured in a Nov. 19 rollover accident, died on November 29, 2008. According to this news report, prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old boy, who remains unidentified because he is a juvenile, with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Police say speed was a factor in the fatal accident when the Nissan Maxima driven by the teenager flipped over several times on southbound Route 17 in Waldwick. Another boy, 15-year-old Kevin Beattie of Emerson, who was a front seat passenger, also died in this tragic crash.
Police are also trying to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this New Jersey auto accident. Officials are awaiting toxicology tests to determine whether the 17-year-old was operating the vehicle under the influence. This teenager, being underage, is looking at severe penalties if alcohol or drugs turn out be a factor in the crash.
However, for the families of the victims, it is a tremendous loss. Two young and promising lives have been lost. Our advice to the families of Kevin Beattie and the other deceased teenager, would be to retain the services of a knowledgeable and skilled New Jersey auto accident attorney, who will help ensure that the wrongdoers in this case are brought to justice. One more question also remains. If toxicology tests determine that the teen was drunk, then who provided him the alcohol? That person or establishment could also be held liable for the accident and fatal injuries.