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A 70-year-old driver and his 84-year-old passenger

A 70-year-old driver and his 84-year-old passenger had to undergo emergency surgery after their car was hit by a DUI driver. New Jersey authorities responded to the accident during the early evening of a recent Thursday in May. Both victims suffered severe injuries.

According to reports, the elderly driver’s vehicle was hit when the driver of the second vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, ignored a stop sign. The elderly driver, traveling in a minivan, was southbound when the 38-year-old driver of the Jeep ran a stop sign and hit the passenger side of the minivan. Both the elderly driver and his passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle by emergency workers. They were taken to the Robert Wood University Hospital.

Doctors had to perform emergency surgery on both victims. The driver of the Jeep was also taken to the same hospital and received treatment for injuries to her leg. Summons were issued for reckless and careless driving and driving under the influence to the driver of the Jeep. She also received summons for ignoring the stop sign and having open containers of alcohol in her vehicle.

Despite receiving a variety of summons, the 38-year-old driver may also have to face civil court claims. The victims both suffered severe injuries and may choose to file personal injury claims. Should either one of the injured victims pass away due to the severity of his or her injuries, a wrongful death claim may be filed. In these instances, a New Jersey civil court may award financial damages to the injured victims or their estates, which could assist in dealing with the unexpected expenses arising from the accident.

Source: mycentraljersey.com, “Bridgewater woman charged with DWI in Somerville crash“, Everett Merrill, May 15, 2015