Woman dies after being hit by drunk driver
A 46-year-old woman was hit and killed recently by a hit-and-run driver driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The accident occurred on Mullica Hill Road/Route 322 near Girard Road at approximately 12:15 a.m. on July 8 in Glassboro, New Jersey. While an investigation is ongoing, it appears that the woman who was hit was the driver’s girlfriend who had been riding in the truck immediately before the crash, and possibly jumped, fell, or was pushed out of the truck. Glassboro Police estimate that the truck was traveling at approximately 50 mph when he hit the woman. The speed limit on that section of Mullica Hill Road is 35 mph. Immediately after hitting the woman, the driver fled the scene of the accident, but later reported the incident to the police and returned to the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver was arrested, and preliminary charges include driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and endangering an injured victim. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail at the Salem County Correctional Facility. According to the driver, who is from Wisconsin, the couple was staying in New Jersey for the summer while he worked a temporary construction job.
Drunk driving can cause a family devastating loss. In addition to the immeasurable emotional toll that such a loss takes, such accidents can result in medical expenses incurred prior to the individual’s death, and loss of wages that the family member may have been contributing or would have contributed over the course of their lifetime to the family. Car insurance may cover a portion of these expenses, but a lawsuit for the wrongful death of the drunk driver’s victim may provide another way for the family to be compensated for their loss. In a case such as this where a driver has left the scene of an accident but is eventually located, the court may apply additional penalties on that individual in the form of punitive damages. Most car accidents are the result of negligent behavior—inattention to the road for one reason or another. However, by leaving the scene, the driver made a willful, deliberate decision not to assist at the scene of the accident he caused, and the court may punish that deliberately harmful behavior with additional economic penalties.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident or hit by a drunk driver, find seasoned legal help to determine if you might benefit by filing a lawsuit. Contact knowledgeable Cedar Knolls personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation on your car accident claim at 973-532-9681.