Cab Driver for Famed Mathematician in deadly crash only on the job for two weeks
It was a new cab driver whose erratic driving ultimately led to the death of famed Princeton mathematician John Nash. Tarek Girgis had begun working as a cab driver only two weeks before he got into the accident that ultimately proved fatal to both John Nash and his wife, Alicia. Girgis had previously worked as an ice cream truck driver before working as a cab driver. When the accident occurred, Girgis was apparently attempting to pass a vehicle using the left lane. The driver hit a car in the center lane when attempting to merge, and both the cab and the car he hit then crashed into a guard rail. The accident occurred near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township. Both John and Alicia Nash were immediately ejected from the vehicle when the accident occurred, but Girgis was later extracted from the wreck by emergency personnel and airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He is now reported to be in good condition, as are the other parties involved in the crash.
An investigation into who is responsible for the fatal accident remains ongoing. However, regardless of the results of that investigation, it appears unlikely that criminal charges will be filed against Girgis. This is due to the fact that the Nashes were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. In the State of New Jersey, the law mandates wearing a seatbelt while in a cab. A driver whose passengers die in a wreck will not be held criminally responsible if their rear seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Leaving aside criminal charges, any heirs to the estate of John and Alicia Nash may also encounter difficulties in any wrongful death lawsuit they may file. Normally, when passengers are killed by negligent or reckless behavior of a cab driver, they would have little responsibility to bear for their injuries or death unless they were distracting the driver in some manner. Here, however, the Nashes may have contributed to their own injury by not taking necessary and mandatory safety precautions by wearing seatbelts. New Jersey courts will reduce the amount that a plaintiff may recover in a lawsuit by the percentage to which the plaintiff was at fault for his or her injuries. If the plaintiff were found to bear a greater percentage of the responsibility than the defendant, then the plaintiff cannot collect any damages against that defendant. If the Nashes are considered partially at fault in the events which caused their death, the amount awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit would be reduced in proportion to the Nashes comparative fault.
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