The truck driver believed responsible for the death of a young man in New Jersey is in police custody. According to reports, the trucker fled the scene after his vehicle struck a car, leading police on a chase in Elizabeth. After the initial truck accident, several other cars were hit, one head-on, killing one person and injuring two others.
This incident is said to have occurred the evening of July 8. Authorities say that the truck driver was driving erratically when the first crash occurred. After the driver — a 57-year-old male — failed to stop, an off-duty officer attempted to pull him over, but the trucker kept going. In total, he smashed into nearly a dozen cars. Investigators have not yet indicated what factors may have contributed to this event.
Little information is known about the victims. One individual — a male of unknown age — died at the scene of the crash. Two others — one, the brother of the deceased — suffered unspecified injuries. The current conditions of the survivors has not been reported.
This tragic and seemingly senseless truck accident has left a family asking why it had to happen. Why was their loved one’s life cut short? Hopefully, with the help of authorities, they will get the answers and sense of justice that they desperately need during this difficult time. Apart from any criminal charges against the man deemed responsible for this wreck, the decedent’s surviving family members and the other injured victims may pursue civil actions in a New Jersey court in an effort to seek compensation for any recoverable damages. Through successfully managed wrongful death and personal injury claims, those negatively impacted by this event may be able to achieve some emotional and financial relief for their losses.
Source: abc7ny.com, “1 dead after tractor trailer crashes into dozens of cars in Elizabeth wild chase“, A.J. Ross, July 9, 2016