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Drinking and driving leads to death

The busy roads of Morristown, New Jersey, have a lot of vehicles traveling at high speeds seven days a week. Inevitably, this results in some accidents. When a person is hurt in one of those accidents, he or she can talk with an experienced attorney about a personal injury case that will help them to get the funds they need to cover their medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. If a person dies in an accident, a personal injury case against those at fault in the accident can be started by the family members of the person who was killed.

Recently, a man from South Bound Brook was killed in a crash on Route 202 near Summer Road. The man, 57, had been driving northbound through Readington County in Hunterdon County. His vehicle, a Volkswagen, was hit from behind by a Chevy pickup. That driver of that pickup, also 57, was from Willimantic, Connecticut.

After the initial collision between the pickup and the Volkswagen, the Volkswagen then hit a third car. The third car was not damaged and the occupants of the third car were not injured. However, the man in the Volkswagen was pronounced dead after having been taken to the Hunterdon Medical Center from the scene of the accident.

The driver of the pickup, who was not injured in the accident he caused, has been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He is being held in custody pending a detention hearing.

The Hunterdon County prosecutor said that the accident shows how important it is for drivers to exercise care and caution when out on the roads. He also said that consuming drugs or alcohol before driving adversely affected driver's ability to drive safely, putting the lives of everyone else around him at risk. In addition to the legal actions that are taken in cases like this, they can be a basis for others to make sure that they and people they know don't drink and drive.

Source: NJ.com, "Man charged in Route 202 crash that killed 1, police say," Sophie Nieto-Munoz, Dec. 27, 2017

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