A dump truck driver, 39, has been criminally charged as a result of a fatal accident between a dump truck and an automobile just after 3 p.m. on a recent Thursday. The New Jersey resident was charged with second-degree death by auto, as well as five other charges. From reports, it appears as if his alleged reckless driving led to the death a 59-year-old man.
Police reports show that the car was stopped at a traffic light on a road with four lanes when it was hit by the truck. According to reports by witnesses, the truck was going very fast when it struck the car, and they say they observed erratic driving by the dump truck driver before the accident. The impact pushed the car at least 200 feet through a park and into a lake.
Both the car and the truck landed in the water. The Nissan was soon underwater and the driver trapped. The dump truck driver suffered injuries due to the impact of the accident. The car could only be reached two hours later, after the truck was pulled from the lake. The deceased victim’s body was then removed from the car.
The accident is still being investigated, and the injured truck driver is under guard in a medical center. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the family of the deceased driver may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver. In New Jersey, civil claims arising from accidents where the evidence suggests that reckless driving was the root cause of the accident may result in an award of monetary damages. A successful wrongful death claim may assist the family of the deceased to meet the unexpected expenses arising from the accident. This can help ease a family’s financial suffering during a time when they are already struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
Source: 6abc.com, “Dump truck driver charged after fatal crash that sent car into lake”, , July 18, 2014
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