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Man dead following car accident in New Jersey

A man is tragically dead after a pedestrian accident in Manalapan on the night of Oct. 2, according to authorities. New Jersey police responded to the fatal car accident, which claimed the life of a 58-year-old man, just after 9:00 p.m. So far, they have not filed charges against the driver involved in the crash, but their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

According to the accident report, the 58-year-old man was crossing the westbound lane of Route 33 when the accident occurred. A vehicle driven by a 54-year-old man struck the pedestrian with enough force to kill him. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical authorities as they arrived. 

The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. He was uninjured in the collision. For the moment, police have not chosen to pursue legal action against the driver, as no complaints have been signed at this juncture. 

More information will be required before New Jersey authorities determine how to proceed with the course of this investigation. If the pedestrian was crossing the street in violation of traffic laws, it is possible no criminal charges will be filed. However, state law may allow the family of the deceased man to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court, citing driver responsibility for maintaining vigilance on the road. If it can be proved that the driver was in some way negligent or reckless in his operation of his vehicle at the time of the car accident, contributing materially to the fatality, there may be reasonable cause for damages to be awarded by a civil court, even if no criminal charges are filed.

Source: Manalapan, NJ Patch, "Man, 58, Killed In Manalapan Car Accident", Katie Kausch, Oct. 3, 2016

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