Driving cars can be dangerous enough without the added impairment of drinking alcohol. Injuries or fatalities caused by a DUI accident are often even more heartbreaking knowing that the crash could have been prevented if the driver had not been behind the wheel. A young New Jersey college student was recently killed in a hit-and-run by a drunk driver.
The collision occurred in the early morning hours of May 12. The victim, who worked for a gubernatorial candidate, was heading home from work. As he was about to get into his car, another driver struck him and his parked vehicle before fleeing the area. Authorities believe that driver was drunk at the time of the crash.
The driver was later found by police and has since been charged for the crash, though police have not stated the specific charges he faces. Reports do not indicate whether the allegedly drunk driver was injured in the collision. The victim died at the scene.
The victim had been studying to become a lawyer. Instead of attending his upcoming graduation, his family will now be planning his funeral. Though criminal charges have been filed against the driver, the victim's family could also file a wrongful death claim against him in civil court. If their claim is successful, they could be awarded monetary damages that could help pay for funeral costs and any other financial losses related to the crash. Any New Jersey resident who has lost a family member because of a DUI accident may consult an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more information.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Linden man killed by drunk driver was set to graduate college upcoming Wednesday", Anthony Johnson, May 13, 2017