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New Jersey drunk driving crash takes lives

Teens and young adults are statistically more prone to being involved in a car accident on the roadways, especially at night. If alcohol is suspected to be involved in an accident, the consequences can be devastating for anyone involved. Recently, a car accident in New Jersey ended tragically on a major highway, and a driver has been charged with drunk driving.

The accident occurred on I-95 just after midnight. A 19-year-old driver was driving a Volkswagen when he rammed into the back-end of a tractor-trailer. The truck had been pulled over on the highway at the time the car hit it. It is unclear why the truck was pulled over or if it was completely off the road.

Two of the Volkswagen passengers, 18 and 20 years old, were killed instantly. A passenger who was in the front seat suffered serious head injuries. He later died of his injuries. The 19-year-old driver fled the scene on foot, although he was later caught at a home. He faces charges of drunk driving, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

A criminal conviction regarding the charges the young man faces could carry a variety of possible penalties in a New Jersey court. Anyone charged with drunk driving or charged with any crime related to a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of another may benefit from gaining an understanding of the applicable laws and local court procedures. The events reported in a media story following an accident may not include all of the relevant factors, and all of the evidence that prosecutors intend to use in court must be carefully reviewed to ensure that the legal rights of the accused are fully respected at all stages of the proceedings.

Source: newjersey.news12.com, Samantha Belliveau, Nicole Rodriguez, Jonathan Rivas killed; Luis Delcid-Cardona charged in DUI crash, No author, Dec. 13, 2013

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