New Jersey police accused a man of driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a fatal collision with a tractor-trailer on Oct. 19. At approximately 4:09 a.m., reports indicate that the 24-year-old man slammed into the back of a truck in Woodbridge while driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. The 25-year-old front-seat passenger in the accused man's vehicle was declared dead at the scene.
The fatal accident took place while both vehicles involved were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike in the southbound truck lanes. Following the crash, the Middlesex County Medical Examiner determined that the passenger died as a result of blunt-force trauma. The driver was taken into custody and charged for DWI and death by auto. His bail was set at $250,000.
Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office conducted a preliminary investigation into the accident. Both agencies determined that the accused man had indeed been the driver of the southbound Jetta. It is unclear what testing methods authorities may have used to determine the driver's intoxication level. The investigation is reportedly ongoing.
An investigation into a multi-vehicle accident like the one in this case can take weeks or months to complete. Although criminal charges may be filed immediately, the driver at fault is not always immediately known. A driver who has been charged after a similar incident may want to consult a criminal defense attorney about the best way to proceed. An attorney may be able to advise the defendant about the strength of the prosecution's case against them and how they may be able to achieve the best possible outcome in their case.
Source: NJ.com, "Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge", Anthony G. Attrino, October 20, 2014