Drinking and driving do not mix. This is a known fact in New Jersey but accidents continue to happen. A man who reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian in a drunk driving accident was recently sentenced for the crime he committed.
A pedestrian out for a stroll, returning home or maybe on his way to meet friends, could not have known that the action of crossing a street would be his last. The man was 52 years old. He was struck and killed by the drunk driver as he entered the crosswalk in order to get to the other side of the street.
The driver of the vehicle that reportedly struck him submitted to a blood alcohol test. His blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was reportedly .168, more than twice the legal limit. The judge in the case sentenced the man, who had been charged with vehicular homicide, to 18 years in prison. The prosecutor stated that he hoped the sentence would serve as a deterrent to help prevent people from drinking and driving.
A drunk driving accident in New Jersey might be prevented if more people would make the decision to not drink and drive. Losing a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver is a tragedy no one should have to experience. No one can turn back time and bring the loved one back. A conversation with a personal injury attorney can help determine if a personal injury lawsuit against the person deemed responsible is an appropriate option. A successfully litigated claim can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.